March 11, 2011 Mid-Century Modern

Buy a Piece of Mies for $100K

Highland House

A shot of the back of Highfield House through the minimalist plantings.

Back in September, I wrote about Mies van der Rohe’s Highfield House in Baltimore, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. You can own a piece of Mies for $100K–see this listing for a 1 bed/1 bath condo.  Built in 1964, the 15-story reinforced-concrete and glass structure is perched on columns that shelter a glass-enclosed lobby with its Mies-designed Barcelona chairs, ottomans and coffee table. Mies’ plan, originally designed as an apartment building, included the surrounding grounds with a sunken pool and landscaped recreation area. Residents are preparing to celebrate March 27, which is the 125th anniversary of Mies’ birth. Anne Bruder, a resident and architectural historian, will give a talk on Mies’ architecture for residents. Buy quick is you want to join the event.