Mid-Century Gem For Sale Near Mammoth Cave

A modern house built in 1955 in Glasgow, Kentucky was recently listed for sale by owner on Craigslist. It is a solid example of classic mid-century design, by an architect named Jack West who is known for his work in Sarasota, Florida. The home has 1,850 square feet, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The asking price is $225,000.

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clmodern2According to the owners, this is the first time the house has been for sale since it was built in 1955. They call it an, “All original home with updates in the kitchen and baths,” situated on a, “Large wooded lot on quiet street in a beautiful neighborhood.” The house features an open floor plan with glass

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The architect, Jack West, has an impressive body of design work, including several schools in Sarasota and the Sarasota City Hall. He worked with renowned architect Paul Rudolph, as part of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

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The location of this mid-century house in Glasgow, Kentucky is approximately 12 miles east of I-65, and 90 miles from Nashville, TN. Nearby attractions are Barren Lake State Resort Park (13 miles away), and Mammoth Cave National Park (25 miles).

I am very drawn to this house. The original design elements are very special. The slate floors, stone fireplace, and glass walls have timeless appeal. The low-slung roof and horizontal lines of the clerestory windows compliment the flat yard with surrounding mature trees. I wish it wasn’t so far from Nashville. I had a brief thought of it being a potential vacation house. Could I buy this and use it for a family weekend getaway? Could I could use it as a vacation rental the other 335 days of the year? The truth is, I don’t think Glasgow, KY has ever been referred to as a “vacation hotspot.” Mammoth Cave is certainly a popular attraction. But are the same people that are interested in caving interested in modern architecture? There may be a small overlap, but I don’t think there are enough of those people to make this a justifiable purchase. It doesn’t make sense for me. Hopefully someone who wants to live in Glasgow will appreciate this well-maintained home and preserve the essence of its modern origination.

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