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August 30, 2011 Berla and Abel

1949 Mid-Century Row House in Columbia Heights – $353K

Arkansas Ave. Townhouse

I went to see this listing today for a 1949 row house on Arkansas Avenue near Rock Creek Park. While the the row of 10 homes evoke the more traditional row houses seen throughout the city or Alexandria, they are definitely more modern in style, including flat roof, the larger windows and shade on the top front window, which evokes an extended eave on a mid-century modern single family home. This row sits across the street from 27 earlier modernist row houses, known as the Tiffey Townhomes. The Tiffey Townhomes (see picture below) were designed in the 1930s by local  modernist architects Julian Berla and Joseph Abel. (I wonder if Berla and Abel designed the later homes as well?)  The 1949 house, listed for $353K, has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms and needs work. As the listing says, “Needs a paint brush and imagination.”

Tiffey Townhomes

The Tiffey Townhomes on Arkansas Avenue by Berla and Abel.