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A young architect\'s debut. An icon\'s signature style. And a homeowner\'s journey to honor and modernize an Oklahoma legacy. Such is the tale of a mid-century modern home meeting buyers bent on turning their prized purchase into the piece of living art the original architect intended.
A young architect's debut. An icon's signature style. And a homeowner's journey to honor and modernize an Oklahoma legacy. Such is the tale of a mid-century modern home meeting buyers bent on turning their prized purchase into the piece of living art the original architect intended.
Robert and Cara Barnes knew their 1958 Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired abode located in northwest Oklahoma City was special the moment they stepped in to it. Although unassuming from the exterior, the front door opens to an aesthetic paradise within.
Architect George Seminoff, now an Oklahoman legend himself, tackled the residence as his first project out of architecture school, copying Wright's style. He did such a good job, in fact, that details both big and small are reminiscent of Wright's work. From the 30- and 60-degree angles to the all-natural materials to the triangle gardens, Seminoff scored on all counts.
After buying the property in 2006, Cara Barnes contacted Seminoff, nearly 50 years after he had turned his vision into reality.
"I called George up and asked him if he would mind doing a walk-through with us to let me know his decision-making process. I wanted to keep his intentions intact," she says.
Fortunately for the Barneses, Seminoff