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Property Name Balogh , Tivadar and Dorothy (Bieimeister), House
Reference Number 13000800
State Michigan
County Wayne
Town Plymouth Charter Township
Street Address 49800 Joy Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/30/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Tivadar and Dorothy (Bieimeister) Balogh House is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C at the state level for its association with architect Tivadar Balogh and as an outstanding example of the Modern architecture movement in Michigan . The Balogh House was designed by University of Michigan-trained architect Tivadar Balogh for himself and his family and was constructed in 1958-1959. Balogh is among those architects identified as contributing to the Ann Arbor School, a term used to describe the collective, distinctive works of several modernist architects practicing in and around Ann Arbor in the years following World War II. The work of these architects is significant as it incorporates the fundamental principles of the Modern movement as they were applied to residential design and also demonstrates the dissemination and acceptance of modernism in southeastern Michigan and specifically Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities. Further, the Balogh House is an innovative residential design exhibiting the fundamental characteristics of the Modern Movement including its simple geometric form, lack of applied ornament, use of natural materials and large expanses of glass to bring nature and sunlight into the structure as well as its open and free-flowing floor plan. The design also incorporates the use of a semi-transparent screen wall, a signature element used by Balogh on several other commissions throughout his career. The house has undergone some minor modifications but these were designed and completed under Balogh's own direction. The Balogh House relates to the historic context Modernism in Michigan.


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