Fifty years ago, local architect Eric Gnant told the Milwaukee Journal he “wanted to show how indoor-outdoor living can be done.”
The house he designed in Brookfield to bring that vision to life is now for sale, listed at $1.19 million by agent Colleen Resendiz.
Gnant’s midcentury modern home at 745 Janacek Road, with its tall windows and cathedral ceilings, brings the outdoors in. Natural materials such as Lannon stone and slate are featured throughout. Built in 1962, it is listed on the state historic register.
Featuring an indoor pool, a sauna and a wet bar, the home is also designed for entertainment.
Gnant built the home for himself and his family, but he also designed it as a model for his clients — showing them what was possible.
Docomomo Wisconsin, a nonprofit committed to recognizing midcentury architecture in the state, said the home shows off Gnant’s signature style.
“It’s by far the best example of his work. You see the interior entertainment spaces that are very unique to him,” said Matt Amman, treasurer of Docomomo Wisconsin.
The house was featured in the Milwaukee Journal shortly after it was completed. The home, Gnant told the Journal, was a “radical departure from the usual design and traffic pattern.”
Gnant’s family has lived in the house ever since. His daughter Susan Lewis now owns the property and has made some minor updates while trying to preserve her father’s architectural style, Resendiz said.
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