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Historic Lithonia midcentury modern ‘masterpiece’ by notable architect asks $400K

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Created by Dean Bryant Vollendorf, this home design became a top seller in the 1960s and 1970s

Wood and stone house with French doors.
A sweeping take on the MCM genre.
Palmerhouse Properties

Tucked away on 1.75 acres in Lithonia, this midcentury “masterpiece” features quite the pedigree.

Architectural plans for the 1969 dwelling originated with Dean Bryant Vollendorf, an architect from Oklahoma. During his career, he often created designs that were featured in House Beautiful and New Homes Guide.

For the Summer/Fall 1961 issue of New Homes Guide, Vollendorf introduced “Baysweep,” a curved home designed to take advantage of a lot’s natural surroundings.

The purpose was twofold, actually: to capitalize on scenic views and place homes on narrow lots, given that the original floorplan was for 1,412 square feet.

Since this house has 3,400 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the plans for it obviously were modified, but, for the most part, it remains structurally true to the original plans.

The interior features 12 sets of French doors, stone walls, hardwood floors, and, thanks to a recent renovation, updated bathrooms and kitchen.

“Baysweep” as featured in New Homes Guide
Courtesy of Nelson Brackin

In fact, it’s that renovation (sadly more than the pedigree) that gives credence to the current asking price of $399,900.

However, due to the home’s way-OTP location and comps, that ask might be a tough sell. The average sale price for nearby homes hovers around $200,000.

Of course, the opportunity to own such a unique, historically significant midcentury modern doesn’t come along very often, which could inspire the right type of buyer.