January 24, 2013 Mid-Century Modern
1978 Win Faulkner House in Cleveland Park – $3.85 Million
Winthrop Faulkner was destined to be an architect and design contemporary houses and other structures. His father, Waldron Faulkner, was a Washington architect. His mother, Elizabeth Coonley, grew up in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Riverside, Ill., commissioned by her father.
Faulkner, who died of cancer at 73 on Oct. 19, 2004, designed the Great Ape House and crocodile pavilion at the National Zoo, renovated the Federal Reserve Board, designed an addition to Christ Episcopal Church in Kensington and designed the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax County among other projects. He is probably best known for the houses he designed at Ordway and 36th streets in Cleveland Park, three of them Faulkner family residences.
Faulkner designed three late 1970s modernist detached townhouses backing to Rosedale, a historic 10-acre parcel owned by Avery Coonley, his grandfather. Coonley had bought the circa-1793 Federal farmhouse on the property from descendants of its builder, Gen. Uriah Forrest, friend and host to George Washington, according to his Washington Post obituary.
I had the opportunity to tour the house Faulkner designed for his family. It was recently listed for $3.85 million. You can see the virtual tour here. The house is an interesting blend of modern with more traditional touches, such as Palladiun-like designs on some windows and a number of interior archways, that help it fit in with the neighborhood’s more traditional architecture.