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February 12, 2011 Mid-Century Modern

Developer James Rouse’s Mid-Century Modern – $1.55 Million

James W. Rouse

If you were one of the country’s leading developers during the mid-century period, what type of house would you build for yourself? James W. Rouse, who developed the planned community of Columbia, Md., built this 1952 mid-century modern with some rustic touches on nearly three acres in Baltimore when he was in his late 30s. Looks like his first wife, Elizabeth, is the owner of he property. Appears that the house has the original blue metal kitchen cabinets and nice wall of glass in the living room. There’s a pool and tennis court, too. Rouse, who  eventually moved to Columbia, where he died at the age of 81 in 1996.

On Rouse’s death, architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that while Columbia was the developer’s  “most ambitious” project, his “most influential effort was surely the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, in which a set of 150-year-old abandoned Greek Revival buildings were restored and converted into the first ‘festival marketplace.’ Faneuil Hall, designed by Benjamin Thompson, inspired an entire genre of urban malls, including Harborplace in Baltimore, the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and Grand Avenue in Milwaukee.”