After World War II, architectural focus shifted from form to function. Homes built between the late 1940s and 1970s were considered to be less visually appealing, but they were made to accommodate more residents than in the past. This style of architecture is considered to be Post-war.
Post-war homes often came in the form of high-rise apartment buildings in several major cities. These practical residences provided additional services that were not available during the Pre-war era, such as parking garages, laundry rooms, elevators and doormen. Additionally, Post-war buildings had identifiable features such as:
• Brick exterior
• Boxy shape
• Little or no ornamentation
• Plain, symmetrical windows
Simple, unassuming design is not to be confused with boring and despite some feeling that many Post-war buildings are uninspired, several remarkable luxury properties of this style are for sale in appealing metropolitan areas. In Chicago, Illinois, a penthouse in a Post-war style building is currently listed at $8.9 million. The spacious three bedroom home features two 1,000 square foot decks plus four balcony areas, boasting incredible city and lake views.