Alfred Browning Parker, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, was one of South Florida’s most important and iconic midcentury modern architects, creating fantastic structures across the state. Only three of the houses he designed in Broward County remain, however, one of which has just hit the market for $949,000.
[UPDATE: Another report says there were five Alfred Browning Parker houses in Broward County, three of which were in Fort Lauderdale, and that all five were still extant. We’re not sure which is accurate.]
Located in Sea Ranch Lakes, an oceanfront village north of Fort Lauderdale, the house was originally built in 1961 for General Motors executive Harold Good and his wife Wilma, whose family started Smucker’s Jelly. Five years later, he designed a second home for them in East Lansing, Michigan.
Every room is hexagonal shaped, with large open spaces for entertaining, including the vaulted living room with 21-foot ceilings that encircles a central fireplace and chimney, and a sun porch with skylights. The house isn’t really that large though, with only two bedrooms, plus a den. There are polished terrazzo floors, extensive cypress wood details, and molded concrete architectural features.
The house was restored in 2005 with impact-resistant windows. Nonexistent historic preservation laws, however, mean that any house in Broward County, especially a small one on a large lot like this, is in perpetual danger of demolition. Little wonder there are only three Alfred Browning Parker houses left in the whole county. Check out the photos, below.