Stunning 1955 midcentury modern house in Fort Worth — built by the Brandt family

textural-wall-mid-century-modernRetro realtor Ed Murchison just forced us out of our vacation week with this fastball in the form of this 1955 Fort Worth, Texas midcentury modern ranch house stunner listed for sale just hours ago. Right away it’s clear that this house is another home run. It is packed with gorgeous original features including amazing sculptural concrete walls, carved doors, miles of terrazzo flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, a guest house and a pool that would make anyone feel as though they lived at a tropical resort. The home — like this 1967 ranch we recently featured — is another home built for the Brandt family — makers of A. Brandt Ranch House Furniture.

midcentury-glass-block-wallFrom the listing:

  • Price: $238,000
  • Year built: 1955
  • Square footage: 3,581
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

This is one amazing Mid-century Modern estate. Built in 1955 for Paul Brandt and his wife, the design was based on a Lars Bang home built in Houston that won an award for the best Modern Small Home. The design of that home was expanded by adding a guest house wing that connects to the main house via a glass atrium. As you step through the front doors, you enter into the entry courtyard featuring an incredible decorative sculptural screen that separates the entry from the garage. Through the double doors, you enter into a generous entry hall that leads you into the bright and spacious great room featuring terrazzo floors and a wall of floor to ceiling glass affording views of the pool and expansive lawn. The open concept kitchen features the original cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The carpets have been removed from the bedrooms and are ready for the new owner to finish to their liking. The guest house has been taken to the studs, rewired and has new sheet rock. This space is ready to be finished-out how the new owner wants to use this part of the house. It would make a great guest house, mother-in-law suite or could be a income producing rental property. From the design of the house to the nearly two acre site, this is truly a one-of-kind Mid-century Modern estate. Come take a look and just image what you could do with this place. Cool and interesting original architectural details abound…don’t miss the decorative glass wall along the front of the house and the metal screens that connect the main house and the guest house…beautiful!  A good deal of work has been done…it is now ready for you to take it to the next level. 
This home is one of the outstanding modern homes built by the Brandt family.  Paul Brandt’s father was the founder of Ranch Oak furniture and Paul founded Ranch Oak Farms.

decorative-concrete-wall-midcenturyTexture is the name of the game in this property. While the home’s color palette itself is neutral, elements such as exposed brick walls, glass block and the gorgeous cement screen wall — shown above — insure the home is anything but ordinary.

mid-century-wroght-ironOn the exterior, decorative ironwork adds loads of interest to the home’s simple facade.


midcentury-fireplaceThe main living area of the home is open and airy and the kitchen retains many of its original features including the mocha wall ovens and gorgeous terrazzo flooring.

midcentury-blue-bathroomCould there be a more timeless bathroom than the this? The simple, sleek lines of the vanity and the yummy blue and white coloring of the space feels just as fresh and clean as it must have in 1955.

mid-century-ceramic-tile-bathroomThe home’s other bathroom follows a similar style with warm peachy tiles. I love how the laminate top folds around the front of the vanity and helps conceal the drawers, don’t you?

mid-century-landscapingAn then, just when you think this property can’t get any more fantastic, there’s this beautiful pool. Just heavenly!

Mega thanks to our friend and retro realtor Ed Murchison for sending us this fabulous property and to the photographers at Shoot2Sell Photography for taking such great photos.

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

  1. Gary Morgan says:

    Went and did about a 2 hour walk on Saturday, taking off what needs to be done and running quick numbers, the place was hopping so I have no doubt someone is going to take this on as a labor of Love. I hope so anyway. Unfortunately for me, while have a lot of love to give still has to make dollars sense and cant make it work enough so that I can convince the other half. I have a house designed and it dawned me how any similarities it and this house have as I thinking about it later. I’ll be curious to see what it goes for and what happens to it.

  2. marlo says:

    Sheesh how beautiful…makes me want to move to FW and that is saying A LOT.

    John- agreed. That would probably be in Tarrytown and would be in the $700-$800s. The Austin real estate market is insane…but at least the tear down of homes like this into McMansions seems to have gone by the wayside. I have to live in my mid-modest home in a little town a bit further from Austin…just can’t afford to live there!

  3. Rebecca says:

    I too fell in love with this home, but have been informed by Mr. Murchison that it has sold. I, like many of you, am hoping the new owner will post updates. Does anyone reading this thread have any experience building MCM style homes with today’s green building technology?

  4. Sean Bagley says:

    I can’t believe the price of this house– I’m sure it cost nearly that to build in 1955. Every square inch is custom & beautifully executed. How can such an architecturally significant, luxury home not still be located in an expensive area? So bizarre.

  5. groberts says:

    i am trying to source those glass blocks. We had some damaged in hurricane Irma and are trying to restore the block walls. Anyone have any idea manufacturer or availability? They are 10″ x 10″ blocks.

Leave a Reply

Commenting: Information

All comments are moderated, generally within 24 hours. By using this website you are agreeing to the site's >> Terms of Service, << which include commenting policies, and our >> Privacy Notice. << Before participating, read them in full.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.