Midcentury Magnificence – Indianapolis monthly

Midcentury Magnificence - Indianapolis monthly

The modern country house from the middle of the century directly on the motorway.
Tony Valainis

Don Langebartels was one of the most famous local architects of his time, but he only built a private home – for himself and his family. Bathed in natural light and immersed in nature, the apartment looks just as elegant and stylish today as it did in 1963. The mid-century lines drew current owners Joe Bridwell and Rhonda Breman to the property in 2015. Breman and her two children had lived on the same street in the northeast neighborhood for 12 years, so they knew what a great area this is: seemingly hidden from it all, but in the middle of civilization when you need it.

A sunken living room, hardwood floors, two fireplaces, a renovated kitchen with glossy gray cabinets and glossy white subway tiles alongside original wooden beams – the interior of the house has a lot going for it. Like many houses of its time, the five bedrooms are not particularly large and offer more space for the common areas. There is also a separate guest studio with its own bathroom and kitchen. But Bridwell and Breman particularly enjoy being outside, usually on one of the three different decks or on the screened porch. The 3/4 acre site has plenty of space for movie nights in the backyard and other neighborhood get-togethers. “The place is great for entertaining,” says Bridwell. “We’re minutes from I-465, but sometimes it feels like we have a private house in the country, especially when the trees are covered with leaves.”

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