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Thank you for visiting ModernGainesville.com. We created this site to highlight Mid-Century Modern and Modern homes and design found throughout Gainesville and Alachua County.

Here you can learn about the Architects, Designers and Builders who helped shape Gainesville's past. You will also find useful information about the Mid-Century Modern homes that are for sale in Gainesville as well as details about their neighborhoods. 

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Thanks again, Mike Hastings

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In Memoriam

Architect Craig Salley


Craig Homer Salley, 82, well-known local architect, passed away on May 24, 2021, after a brave battle with cancer and unexpected blindness caused by a medical accident.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Homer Salley, siblings Richard Salley, Virginia Lee Brooks, and nephew Steve Salley.

Survivors include Craig's significant other, Patricia Kilby; former spouse and mother of his children, Jere Edelstein; sons Brent Salley and Shawn Salley (Victoria); grandsons Nicholas Salley and Daniel Salley; sister Jacqueline Nelson; sister-in-law Marge Salley; nephews Brian Nelson, Eric Nelson, Mark Salley, Christian Salley, Daniel Brooks, and Jay Brooks; and former spouse Irene Salley.

Craig was born on September 28, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Orlando, Florida. His father, Homer, who had survived the 1918 Flu Pandemic, thought it might help his health to live in the warm Florida climate. He bought a small farm on Goldenrod Road and set about building their home from scratch with Craig and his older sister, Jacqueline, as his labor force. Craig believed that it was learning all the intricacies in building a house which led to his interest in architecture.

He graduated from Boone High School in Orlando in 1956. After several courses at Orlando Junior College, he moved to Gainesville with wife, Jere, and infant son, Brent. In addition to studying architecture at the University of Florida, Craig worked at several jobs, including gaining experience at out-of-town architectural firms. After graduating with a degree in Architecture and Interior Design in 1965, he joined the firm of Arthur E. Campbell, Sr. in Gainesville. Around 1970 he bought out Campbell's firm and began to grow his own practice, Craig Salley and Associates.

Craig made a lasting mark as an outstanding architect statewide, designing buildings for both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College in Alachua County, as well as many major architectural projects in schools and colleges in Gilchrist, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Baker, Nassau, Union, Bradford, Putnam, and Marion Counties.

In addition to schools, he designed many churches: Trinity United Methodist Church, (the 8th Avenue location), and the Church of the Latter-Day Saints in Gainesville, First Baptist Church of Alachua, and First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach.

Craig believed that his signature buildings were the Florida Farm Bureau, (between Rocky Point Road and I-75), and the Alachua County Judicial Building on E. University Avenue in Gainesville. His clients spoke about his professionalism, his attention to detail, and his high standards of work.

He was grateful for his successful architectural practice of 40 years and all the good people he worked with - clients, vendors, and employees. He treasured many long-lasting friendships from those years.

Craig was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Altrusa International of Gainesville, the Altrusa House Board, the Thomas Center Associates, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, and a University of Florida Alumnus.

He loved his family, his friends, and his church. He enjoyed going fast - flying airplanes, (especially his Beechcraft V-Tailed Bonanza aircraft), sailing and water-skiing, riding motorcycles, and driving Corvette and Mercedes sportscars. He treasured the beach, the mountains, traveling abroad, life in Gainesville, the Thomas Center, fine art, taking long walks and last but not least, his dogs.

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1975 - State Farm Building,

Gainesville, Florida

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1978 - Former Alachua County Courthouse, now the Alachua County Family and Civil Justice Center,

201 East University Avenue, 

 Gainesville, Florida

Why buy a Mid-Century Modern or Modern home?

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Homes from the 1940's to late 1970's were part of Gainesville's boom period following WW2.

Most of the neighborhoods with Mid-Century Modern homes have mature treescape, established areas and are typically located around the University of Florida or near downtown. 

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These homes were uniquely adapted to the Florida environment using new building materials like steel, glass and concrete. Mid-Century Modern design started the trend of open floor plans with good use of natural light and natural ventilation. 

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Mid-Century Modern homes come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and condition. Price is always based on location, but for these homes condition plays a big factor as well. We can work together to find you the perfect fit! Or use our extensive contacts to assist you in remodeling the home. Either way, we are ready to help. 

Client Reviews

"Mike Hastings at Dawn Realty is the best! My partner and I are first-time home buyers, and he has been there to help us every step of the way. Even when we had an issue with our mortgage lender, Mike found us another lender very quickly, and he ensured that we got the home we fell in love with. Mike is incredibly professional,highly competent, and a genuinely good person. We would strongly recommend Mike!"

- Lisa S.

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I trust Mike with the sale of our most important asset -  our home."

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"Mike worked tirelessly to find a home we wanted in the areas we wanted. He found the perfect home for us and helped us to get it at the price we were willing to pay. He gave us all the pointers and suggestions to walk us through the search, inspections, offer options and closing process. You can't  find a better Realtor. If we decide to move we'll choose Mike Hastings again."

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