Photograph of Roman Residence, Miami, Florida, 1948, architect: Rufus Nims and William Jameson. Source: Roman Residence, Rufus Nims Architectural Drawings, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smather's Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Photograph of Roman Residence, Miami, Florida, 1948, architect: Rufus Nims and William Jameson. Source: Roman Residence, Rufus Nims Architectural Drawings, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smather's Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

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Mid-century modern architecture developed after the Second World War as numerous technological advancements allowed for open house plans with the increased use of glass and a reconfiguration of indoor-outdoor relationships. Rufus Nims, a Miami architect (1913–2005), hybridized emerging ideas of mid-century modernism with climatic design that emerge...

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... first house that utilized concrete construction was the Charles Roman House in Miami, Florida. 20 The Roman Residence mimicked the idea of Le Corbusier's Maison Dom-ino by having the entire house float above the ground, allowing for each room to flow into each other, including the landscape (Figure 1). By elevating the house, Nims provided rooms that were not at eye-level for people who passed by, thus adding much needed privacy for the residents in a house that was very open. ...