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3 Distinctive Designs by Legendary Architect Edward Durell Stone

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    Malibu Case Study House

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    Malibu, CA

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    Stone's Throw Courtyard

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    Japanese Style A Frame

Kennedy Center. Radio City Music Hall. The original Museum of Modern Art building. These are just a few of the memorable monuments designed by famed architect Edward Durell Stone.

The prolific architect also designed a number of notable homes across the country. We located a handful of his glorious Mid-Century Modern residences now on the market.

The Arkansas native received a major career boost (and international renown) as the designer of the U.S. pavilion in Brussels for the 1958 International Exposition and the U.S. Embassy in India. That led to the cover of Time magazine and even a stint on the TV game show, " What's My Line?"

Even so, Stone wasn't always appreciated in his day. For one thing, he played outside the lines of strict Mid-Century Modernism. A cross-country trip to San Francisco in 1940 introduced Stone to Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, and led him to express "a warmer architecture with American, not European roots," according to his website.

His warmer side went over plenty well with some people. Mod home designer Jonathan Adler recently named Stone as the architect he most admires: "I love the way he took modernism and added a playful layer of pattern and decoration."

With his death in 1978 at the age of 76, Stone left behind many eye-popping residences. Here are three currently for sale.

31201 Bailard Rd, Malibu, CA

Price: $4,500,000

The highlights: In addition to major building commissions, Stone also designed Case Study houses, in hopes of introducing modern home design to the masses. This 1961 beach gem has been "re-imagined," according to the listing, with folding glass doors and updated kitchen. The exterior facade still has Stone's signature perforated block wall.

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3 Dogwood Ln, Darien, CT

Price: $1,400,000

The highlights: This serene, Japanese-inspired A-frame sits on an acre with rock gardens and a waterfall. Built in 1954, the home features a double-height living room ceiling, sliding shoji screen doors, and a brick lattice work wall.

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2020 Spottswood Rd, Charlottesville, VA

Price: $825,000

The highlights: Dubbed "Stone's Throw," this home built in 1952 is an example of "international modernism," according to the listing. The sleek design includes a wall of glass, large, open spaces, and an enclosed courtyard that can be accessed by three rooms, but is private from the street, according to the listing.