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July 23, 2008 Alcoa Care-Free Home, Charles Goodman, River Park Washington DC

1962 Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park – $419K

Here’s a new listing for a Charles Goodman barrel-roof townhome (the one on the right) in River Park in Southwest D.C. The 4/2 four-level townhome has a basement, original parquet wood floors and a nice fenced patio area. The kitchen and baths have some non-mid-century modern updates (granite countertops, a pedestal sink), but overall the house looks like it is in good condition. See more images here.

A few years before Goodman designed the aluminum-clad River Park, Reynolds Metals Company, which sponsored the development, published an interesting book, Aluminum in Modern Architecture. The book highlights the projects by some of the leading mid-century modern architects that incorporated aluminum into their designs. In the back of the book, the architects talk about the future of aluminum in modern architecture. Goodman, whose work for National Homes is featured in the book, discusses aluminum should be used to support a wall of glass. He said he did not “see any point to using wood” for the surround that holds the glass in place. “Why not use aluminum?” he asks. “Instead of having an aluminum window such as the kind we use at the present time, what you would have is a glass wall with aluminum as a unit or transparent wall. As such I would say it has a tremendous future.”

Speaking of Goodman and aluminum, looks like this Goodman Alcoa Care-Free home in Minnesota I wrote about here has dropped from $575K to $439K. Anyone looking for a summer home to get away from the D.C. heat? Here’s a review from Apartment Therapy Chicago and some posts from people who know the neighborhood.