|Built in 1971-73, the Douglas House meets national register criterion Cat the national level of significance as a masterwork of renowned architect Richard Meier and as a widely recognized outstanding example of modem architecture. Richard Meier has achieved global recognition for his modem architectural designs. He has received numerous awards for his more than fifty years of work. Consistently modem and almost always in signature white, Meier's unique geometric designs reflect a: timeless simplicity and beauty that stands out among his peers. The Douglas House not only reflects his hallmark modem style but also contains furnishings created by Meier himself (living room sofa, coffee table and dining room table). Most of Meier's noted works are commercial or public buildings. Very few of his residential works have achieved global recognition. The Douglas House is one of those remarkable residential achievements. The Douglas House is an excellent example of modem architectural design. Its clean geometric fonn, simplicity and all white surfaces clearly reflect the modem style. Its dramatic location, a cliffside perch on the Lake Michigan shoreline, only adds to its dramatic appearance. It reflects the basic premise of the modem architectural movement in that it marries technological advancement with simplicity of design. The modem style of the Douglas House is enhanced by its amazing setting. Meier differentiated the house from its surroundings, yet through his use color and fenestration, he also pulled the outside in. His placement of wood, glass and steel yielded a beautifully modem home that is not at odds with its surroundings. Though not yet fifty years old, the home meets the register's exceptional significance requirement for less than-fifty-year-old properties because of its impact on modem architecture.