May 21, 2010 Mid-Century Modern
1956 Lake Barcroft Mid-Century Modern – $789K
Located on Barger Drive (named for Lake Barcroft’s developer Colonel Joseph V. Barger), this 5 bedroom/3 bath mid-century modern features a side-gabled roof, wood-beamed ceilings, partial stone facade and updated kitchen that goes with the style of the house.
Lake Barcroft has one of the areas largest concentration of mid-century modern homes, including some designed by Charles Goodman and one by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. The driving force behind the community was Barger, who bought the 135-acre lake and surrounding 566 aces for $1 million in 1950, according to an interesting 2001 history of the community written by longtime resident Anthony Bracken.
Barger enlisted Gropius to help bring some cachet to the development that was being built (at the time) in rural Virginia. Gropius reportedly mapped out ideas for the development, including designing four 3/2 ramblers in varying price ranges and suggesting that all homes have built-in barbecue pits. In the end, only one Gropius-designed house was built at 6325 Lakeview Dr.