Mid Century Modern Gem: The Erich & Betty Gnant Residence

  • $1,350,000
745 Janacek Dr Brookfield, WI 53045

Description

Jaw-dropping mid century modern home! Personal residence of award-winning architect Erich Gnant, never before on the market. Much of the home is original; sensitive updating was done over the years by the architect and his daughter, but in keeping with the organic architectural style.

The cedar, stone and glass exterior shouts MCM. Dramatic 2 story jewel box window on the southern exposure. A cathedral-like ceiling of natural plank and beam soars over the living and dining rooms, and a vintage wet bar connects the kitchen and living room, perfectly situated for entertaining (this was built in the 1960s after all!). A custom built-in cabinet is a focal point in the dining room. Natural materials play a big role – over 3 tons of slate were used for floors and lannon stone columns make a dramatic¬† statement in the kitchen. A music room/den with built-in shelves & seating and complete with a vintage map is a favorite place to lounge. The slate-tiled garden room with working fountain connects to the kitchen and dining rooms and overlooks the pool and backyard. In-floor radiant heat warms the entry, kitchen, dining room and pool. There are 7 heating zones throughout the home to maintain comfortable temperatures. And yes, there’s also central air. Indirect lighting projects a tranquil ambiance and highlights the architectural details.

The bedroom wing contains the owner’s suite with large custom walk-in closet and attached bath with a heated shower floor. 2 additional bedrooms and another modern full bath round out the floor. An enclosed balcony provides the bedrooms with a private sitting area as well as easy access to the garden room and pool.

The indoor pool and whirlpool create a tropical paradise that can be enjoyed year-round. The attached office would make an amazing vintage game room. A freestanding stove provides additional heat and the wet bar makes entertaining easy. A few steps down, a hallway leads to the Finnish sauna, steam room and changing room along with shower and half bath.

Guest quarters with a full bath adjoin the expansive light-filled family room and kitchenette on the lower walkout level. Window seats provide views of the backyard. Several access points lead to the main living areas and pool. The design, quality and craftsmanship would be almost impossible to replicate today.

Listed on the state historic register as an excellent example of this architectural style. Featured in the Milwaukee Journal real estate section in 1962.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own this magnificent MCM home!

 

Details

Property ID
391092
4
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
Square Footage
5543
Lot Size
.70
Year Built
1960
Style
Mid-Century Modern
Updated on July 21, 2022 at 11:31 am

Address

  • Address 745 Janacek Dr Brookfield, WI 53045
  • City Brookfield
  • State Wisconsin
  • Zip/Postal Code 53045
  • Country United States

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