October 17, 2009 Mid-Century Modern
1939 Edward Durrell Stone-Designed Early Modern – $8.5 Million
Modernist architect Edward Durrell Stone’s best known (and derided) work in Washington is the 1971 Kennedy Center. He also designed the 1964 National Geographic Building on 17th Street. A much earlier and lesser known work is this 1939 home originally built by George Marshall, the then-owner of the Redskins, and his wife actress Corinne Griffith.
Marshall and Griffith were living in the Shoreham Hotel when Griffith saw the piece of land near Rock Creek Park and decided she wanted to build house there. Griffith called her interior designer in California and said she needed an architect to design a house for her in Washington. Enter Stone, who at the time had just finished the design for the original Museum of Modern Art building. Four years earlier, Stone’s Richard H. Mandel House in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., became the first International-style home built in the United States to be designed by a U.S.-born architect.
This house, which has been updated over the years, was also owned at one time by Jack Kent Cooke, another former owner of the Redskins. Today, it is owned by Debra Lee, the president and CEO of BET, who is planning to build a modern house by architect Michael Marshall an an adjacent piece of land. See more images of the home here.
For more on Stone and his shift from a pure International style to his later more romantic modernism, read this fascinating Time cover story from March 31, 1958.