Dwell Prefab Issue Features Lost River Modern
A close-up shot of Lost River Modern I took in August.
Did you get the latest copy of Dwell yet? Modern Capital sponsor Lost River Modern is featured in a nice four-page “My House” spread here. The piece tells the story of how local couple Chris Lord and Sarah Johnson Read More >
December 27, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Screen Block in N. Arlington
Here’s some more from my recent tour of Lee Highway in North Arlington. A nice example of concrete screen block used for privacy and decoration in the 1950s and ’60s. The building, which has expansive plate glass windows, is located here. Click on the Google street view for Read More >
December 26, 2008
MCM Commmercial Space in N. Arlington
Anyone looking for a MCM commerical space located here in North Arlington? This 12,000 sq. ft. former home of Federal Bakers, Inc. is available. The roof slants slightly to the left and the green panels are aluminum. The owner says he thinks the building is from the late Read More >
December 25, 2008
I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to all of Modern Capital’s readers. I wish everyone a very healthy, prosperous and modern New Year. Thanks for reading.
December 25, 2008
DCPL’s 2009 Most Endganered Places Nominations Close Feb. 6
Do you know of any mid-century modern buildings in D.C. that are endangered? If you do, click here to nominate your choice to be included in the D.C. Preservation League’s 2009 list of Most Endangered Places. Nominations close Feb. 6.
December 22, 2008
Can an ‘Eyesore’ Be Significant?
Some local modern buildings from the mid-century period were trashed in the Washington Post today. The piece, “An Eyeful of Washington Eyesores,” was based on submissions by readers who nominated what they thought are the “ugliest buildings or landmarks in the D.C. area.” Read More >
December 21, 2008
Modern Change We Can Believe In?
The Washington Post’s Phillip Kennicott takes a look at the renovated National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology) and does not entirely like what he sees. Opened in 1964 Read More >
December 14, 2008
Two 1978 Contemporaries in Fairfax County
Here are two contemporary homes on large pieces of land in Fairfax County. The both have HOA fees.
1978 4/3 – 729K – This Fairfax Station home sits on 5 acres and has a pool and horse barn. Listing has only one exterior image.
1978 3/1.5 – $599K – This funky three-level Read More >
December 13, 2008
Price Drop: Two Forestview Models in Truro
These listings are for two early 1970s Forestview models in the Miller & Smith-built Truro in Annandale. The bi-level, 4/3 homes feature cathedral wood ceilings in the open living/dining room area. This one is listed at $465K (originally listed at $500K), while this one is down more than $12,000 Read More >
December 10, 2008
Post Highlights Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods
The Washington Post highlights Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods in its “Where We Live” column, with writer Andrea Rouda saying that “outstanding architecture doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. … Every resident lives in a work of art, but the average selling price is about $600,000.”
Goodman, whose architecture Read More >
December 6, 2008
Two Chloethiel Woodard Smith Condos in Capitol Park, Potomac Place
Here are two listings for a Chloethiel Woodard Smith Capitol Park townhouse and efficiency in Potomac Place Tower (formerly Capitol Park Apartments).
1961 3/1 corner townhouse – $439K – Click on the virtual tour link for clear images. It has three nice sliding glass doors on the back and side Read More >
December 5, 2008
The Hirshhorn’s History: From Ontario to the National Mall
Hirshhorn Museum as Envisioned by Philip Johnson/Terence Gower
(Courtesy of Terence Gower and Sticky Pictures)
If Joseph Hirshhorn–a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who became known as the Uranium King–had his way, the Hirshhorn Museum and his collection of modern art would be in the wilds of Canada and not on Read More >
December 2, 2008
Event: Grand Opening Reception at Modernicus’ Expanded Gallery
Modern Capital’s first sponsor, Modernicus, is hosting a reception this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. to mark the grand opening of its expanded gallery at the Mt. Vernon Antique Center here in Alexandria. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with other modernists in the new 2,000 square-foot space Read More >
December 1, 2008
Bethesda’s Mid-Century Police Station Endangered
It’s been a little slow for new interesting mid-century modern properties for sale, so I’m trying to catch up on some items that I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile.
For those who know Bethesda well, the 2nd District Police Station with its distinctive light-blue window panels, is likely Read More >
November 30, 2008
The Washignton Post ran an interesting piece on Saturday about the impact of planned redevelopment and construction of three Metro station in Reston, founded by developer Robert Simon in 1964 as the country’s first modern planned community.
“Reston –which famously pioneered the kind of walkable, environmentally friendly, mixed-use Read More >
November 29, 2008
WSJ Highlights Modern Addition in Potomac
A Wall Street Journal story about modern additions highlights one by Mark McInturff to the Stein-Miller House in Potomac. I think I have driven by this house in the Timberwood of Potomac neighborhood. The original house looks like an early 1970s Matthews and Schwartz model near this one Read More >
November 24, 2008
Two MCM Foreclosures in Holmes Run Acres
Here are two foreclosures in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church.
1959 5/2.5 – $408K – Open today from 12 to 3 p.m.
1956 4/2 – 397K – This listing has no images.
November 23, 2008
Update: More Modern to See in Columbus, Indiania
Following up on my post here about traveling to Columbus, Indiana, to see all of its modern architecture, you may want to delay your trip until Eero Saarinen’s Miller House, which was featured in the National Building Museum’s recent Saarinen retrospective, is open to the public. Read more Read More >
November 22, 2008
Dwell Does D.C. and Baltimore
There’s an interesting piece about D.C. in the latest Dwell. Highlighted in its Detour column, Washington is described as “not all political wonks and Masonic conspiracies: It’s also a highly walkable city, its diagonal avenues wide open to modern design.” That’s great, but the piece, which is mainly an Read More >
November 17, 2008
Free Vintage 1950s Wall Oven on Craigslist
Anyone looking for a vintage 1950s wall oven? This one is free.
November 16, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Advent Lutheran Church in S. Arlington
Located here in South Arlington, the Advent Lutheran Church was originally built in 1948. It looks like the congregation is examining options of what to do with its flat-roof education wing. “Advent Lutheran Church is in the process of assessing the condition of its 60 year-old Read More >
November 15, 2008
Event: DCPL to Host Evaluating Modern Discussion PAHO Building
The D.C. Preservation League will host a panel discussion Nov. 20 on the designation and future preservation of modern buildings and sites in Washington. The discussion, the the second event of the DCPL’s D.C. Modern fall program, will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pan American Read More >
November 10, 2008
The Influence of Niemeyer’s Brasilia
(This post was written by Modern Capital reader Rob King, a graphic designer in Washington.)
Washington’s Art Museum of the America’s recently staged an excellent exhibit on world-renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, best known for designing the modernist city of Brasilia. Built on empty fields in the early 1960s, Brazil’s capital Read More >
November 5, 2008
MCM Architect William ‘Billy’ Smull Dies at 87
William “Billy” Smull
William Smull, 87, a pioneering post-war modern architect who designed homes in Bannockburn, Lake Barcroft and Northwest D.C., passed away Oct. 4 at the Hebrew Home in Rockville.
During the late forties through the mid-fifties, Mr. Smull was active in the contemporary architecture movement, designing homes throughout Read More >
November 3, 2008
Open House: Two Early 1970s Bethesda Contemporaries
Both of these early 1970s Bethesda contemporaries have been on the market for some time and have had their prices reduced. They are also both open today from 1 to 4 p.m. if you are out looking.
1972 5/5 – $1.999 Million – Located in Bannockburn Estates on nearly an acre, Read More >
November 2, 2008
WashPost: Preservationists Want Fenty Adviser Off Case
“The D.C. Preservation League is demanding that a senior adviser to Fenty (D) disqualify herself from ruling on the Third Church of Christ, Scientist’s appeal to raze its building at 16th and I streets NW,” the Post reported yesterday. “The preservationists contend that Harriet Tregoning, the District planning director who Read More >
October 30, 2008
Now that the greater Baltimore area has become somewhat of a bedroom community for D.C. (yoo’ve seen the ads on the Metro and probably know somone who commutes), I’ll highlight now and again some of the mid-century modern homes you can find in the suburbs of Charm City. I can Read More >
October 24, 2008
Columbus, Indiana: Middle America’s Modern Mecca
Saarinen’s North Christian Church, Photo by Greg Hume
I saw that this Sunday’s Washington Post is going to highlight the modern mecca of Columbus, Indiana. I thought I would beat them to the punch. You’re thinking Columbus, Indiana? For those who went to the Eero Saarinen visit at the Read More >
October 22, 2008
A Tour of Southwest
More than 50 years ago, Southwest D.C. underwent a massive transformation, representing the largest urban renewal project in U.S. history. The project covered 113 blocks, more than 450 acres and led to the relocation of more than 20,000 residents. Amid new development in the area, the question is how Read More >
October 14, 2008
More on Saarinen’s American Embassy in London
The architecture critic of the Sunday Times (London) argues that the Eero Saarinen-designed U.S. Embassy in London should not be lost as the State Department seeks a new home elsewhere in the city. “Like it or loathe it, this building has enormous character, the expression of a Read More >
October 8, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Arlington’s Highlander Motor Inn
With Wall Street’s wild ride the past few weeks, I thought the vintage neon sign at the Highlander Motor Inn advertising “MODERATE RATES” was a needed look back at the optomistic and heady days of post-World War II America. This MCM motel, with flat roof, mix of stone Read More >
October 6, 2008
Post Reviews Oscar Niemeyer Retrospective
The Post’s Phil Kennicott reviews the Oscar Niemeyer retrospective at the Art Museum of the Americas that I previewed here.
“Niemeyer hasn’t chased trends, he hasn’t had a silly postmodern phase, dabbled in the Zen of glass boxes or blown apart his voluptuous forms in a nod to deconstruction,” Read More >
October 5, 2008
Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in London to Meet Wrecking Ball?
With the United States looking to build a new embassy in London, Eero Saarinen’s massive 1960 concrete and stone building in Grosvenor Square will likely meet the wrecking ball becasue it sits on prime real esate that is estimated to be worth close to $900 million. Peter Wetherell, a Read More >
October 4, 2008
D.C. Preservation League to Hold Trio of Modern Events
The D.C. Preservation League is holding a trio of modern-related events in the coming months. The League’s DC Modern Fall 2008 programming kicks off this Saturday (Oct. 4) with a walking tour, “Southwest DC: Renewal at Risk,” which will focus on the area’s urban renewal projects from the 1950s and Read More >
September 29, 2008
Southwest Parade of Homes; 9/28
If you are thinking about buying a home in the MCM enclave of Southwest D.C., head to the Southwest Parade of Homes this Sunday. More than 20 homes will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. You will find listings for properties designed by Charles Goodman (River Park), Chloethiel Read More >
September 26, 2008
The World of Windows
Alexa Yablonski has an interesting piece in the Post‘s Fall Home & Design Issue about how windows were incorporated into various architectural styles over the years, culminating with the liberal use of glass in modern architecture as the price of the material declined. “[I]t wasn’t until the 20th century Read More >
September 20, 2008
Hollin Hills, Holmes Run Acres Via Flickr
September 19, 2008
Share Modern Capital
I added the ShareThis plugin to help spread the word about Modern Capital. Here are some stats (from August) to give you a sense of the community that reads the blog:
6,600 total visitsClose to 3,000 unique readersMore than 15,000 pageviews
Top five states by number of visits:
Top five countries by Read More >
September 18, 2008
Exhibit: Oscar Niemeyer at 100
The Art Museum of the America’s is marking legendary modernist Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s 1ooth birthday with a retrospective of his career, which is still going strong.
The exhibit features original plans and sketches, video and photography footage and scale models of his major projects, including the U.N., Read More >
September 16, 2008
Visiting Bauhaus in Boston
The Long Weekend column in the Post gives the inside scoop on visiting Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’ 1938 house in Lincoln, Mass., near Boston. The home, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2002, is owned and maintained by Historic New England.
September 14, 2008
Roger Lewis on the Third Church of Christ Debate
Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis, a practicing architect and a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, writes about the continuing battle over the church that is detested by its owners and being protected by preservationists. “In real estate, few laws provoke as much controversy and Read More >
September 13, 2008
Arlington Lustron Sprouts in NYC
The Krowne Lustron
One of the 11 pre-fab, porcelain steel enameled Lustrons built in Arlington County after World War II that had been disassembled has been rebuilt in the middle of New York City. Inside the the Museum of Modern Art. The Lustron, which was donated to Arlington County Read More >
September 11, 2008
MCM Townhomes in Reston by Goodman, Sauer
I came across an interesting article (scroll down a bit after you hit the link) from 1966 on the new phenomenon of suburban townhomes by then-Washington Post architecture critic Wolf Von Eckardt. In his article, Von Eckardt writes how developers Read More >
September 6, 2008
Pecking Turkeys? More on People Who Live in Glass Houses…
Photo by tinyfroglet
The Wall Street Journal has a piece on some of the issues those living in glass houses deal with (faded furniture and pecking turkeys to name a few) that did not come up in the discussion here. The story also talks about the high-profile Read More >
August 31, 2008
For all of you who are not fans of granite countertops (I know there are a few of you out there), local interior designer Annie Elliot writes on her Bossy Blog about the return of laminate.
August 30, 2008
Wildwood: Mid-Century Mecca at the Beach
With summer coming to a close, why not take one more trip to the beach while checking out cool mid-century architecture. Less than 200 miles from Washington, the Wildwoods (Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest) at the Jersey shore have the country’s largest concentration of mid-century commercial architecture from the 1950s Read More >
August 28, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Richland Place in Silver Spring
Here’s a look at mid-century modern homes in Maryland. Architect Joseph Miller and builder Burt Tracy built 20 mid-century contemporaries on Richland Place in the Rosemary Hills neighborhood in Silver Spring.
Miller was a leading force at Catholic University’s school of architecture and a fellow of the American Read More >
August 26, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Goodman National Homes Pre-Fab in Annanwood
This picture is of one of the homes in Annanwood, the National Homes Charles Goodman pre-fab community in Annandale that I discussed in this earlier post. This is one house in the small community that looks relatively unchanged from the front. Unfortunately, several homes in the neighborhood Read More >
August 19, 2008
Smithsonian Exhibition: Washington Painting at Midcentury
With most of your co-workers (and more importantly your bosses) at the beach, take a long lunch one of these days at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to take in the show, Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury. The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 13, highlights 27 large-scale paintings created Read More >
August 18, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
August 12, 2008
The Future is Now: NBM Saarinen Exhibit Ends August 23
If you have not been down to the National Building Museum yet to see Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, don’t wait too long. The exhibit on Saarinen’s illustrious but shortened career (he died when he was 51), is rich and engaging. It took me four visits to Read More >
August 12, 2008
The Meaning of McMansions, Modern Design
Did you see Columbia University architecture professor Gwendolyn Wright’s interesting piece in yesterday’s Post on the what the homes we build say about about us? Wright, the author of “USA: Modern Architectures in History,” had a pretty harsh critique of McMansions as you can see below.
“The New Economy of Read More >
August 11, 2008
Debate Over Third Church of Christ Continues with Lawsuit
The saga over the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, continues. Members of the church at 16th and I streets, NW–who want to tear the building down and replace it with a new structure–have sued D.C. for naming the Brutalist structure a historic landmark. The church members are arguing Read More >
August 10, 2008
Discussion: Those who live in glass houses…have to deal with….
It’s fun to look at cool MCM houses online or to go to open houses, but what are the unique issues or problems that go along with actually owning one when you decide to buy. The question was posed by one Modern Capital reader and assume on the minds of Read More >
August 7, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Charles Goodman’s Bethesda United Church of Christ
Charles Goodman designed the Bethesda United Church of Christ at the corner of Fernwood Road and Democracy Boulevard in 1957. The sanctuary is an octagonal room with a soaring wood-beamed ceiling. The church, on its web site, says clear windows were used in the sanctuary rather than stained glass Read More >
July 31, 2008
Luxist Estate of the Day: D.C.’s Slayton House
Luxist, the blog about all things luxurious, highlighted the the Slayton House in Cleveland Park as its Estate of the Day. (Modern Capital got a shout out at the end of the post.) I wrote about the home designed by I.M. Pei and updated by Hugh Newell Jacobsen Read More >
July 30, 2008
Two Ken Freeman Contemporaries in Bradley Park
Here are two new listings for Ken Freeman-designed homes in Bradley Park in Bethesda.
1961 4/2.5 – $890K – Does not look like too much updating in this two-level split on a third of an acre. Being sold in “AS IS” condition. It sold for $870K a year ago.
1959 3/3 Read More >
July 25, 2008
Cool Danish Digs in D.C.
Talk about Danish modern. For its piece on the Mad men and woman of Washington, the Washington Post took six of D.C.’s top advertising executives, dressed them in ‘60s-style garb and brought them to the Danish ambassador’s residence in all of its Danish modern glory. “Washington has Read More >
July 21, 2008
Price Drop in New Mark Commons and the Great Stainless Steel and Granite Debate
This New Mark Commons late 1960s contemporary in Rockville that I first posted here has dropped $50,000. It’s open July 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Looks like this one has the original cabinets in the kitchen. A recent comment I made about granite and stainless steel kitchens drew Read More >
July 12, 2008
Virtual MoMA Tour; Phillip Johnson at the Kreeger
If your plans to flee Washington this summer are more focused on the beach rather than a drive to New York City, take a quick peek at some images from MoMA to tide you over until your next visit. If you do Read More >
July 9, 2008
Post Explores the Meaning in Moderism for a Traditional Town
The Brown House by Richard Neutra, 1968
For those of you at the beach who may have missed the Post‘s Saturday Real Estate section, the paper ran a piece exploring the meaning in modernism in a town “best Read More >
July 6, 2008
Moran’s Modern Oasis
Now I don’t want to get political here, especially how this election looks to be shaping up. However, I thought you might be interested in this Connection article on Rep. Jim Moran’s Charles Goodman home in McLean—no matter what side of the aisle your are on. The house’s previous owner Read More >
July 1, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Concord Center in Bethesda
Nice zig zag roof on the sidewalk overhang at the Concord Center located in Bethesda. Looks like the the mid-century school building houses various Montessori and nursery programs and is used for community events.
June 28, 2008
Carderock’s Bid for the National Register of Historic Places
The Gazette takes a look at Carderock Spring’s effort launched fours years ago to be placed on the National Register of Historic places. “In the 1960s, Bethesda’s Carderock Springs neighborhood was lauded with national attention in the architecture world because of its contemporary design and incorporation of homes into the Read More >
June 25, 2008
City Paper Blogs About River Park Status
Following up on an item I did about River Park, the City Paper’s Angela Valdez writes a short update, saying Charles Goodman’s contribution to urban renewal in Southwest during the ’60s is safe for now.
June 25, 2008
A Modern Weekend
Here are a couple of modern-related activities for next weekend, June 21-22.
Take the whole family to the National Building Museum for ARCHitecture Family Day on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am to 4 pm. The free event will celebrate Eero Saarinen’s iconic works, including models of the architect’s structures made Read More >
June 15, 2008
McInturff on Modernism in D.C.
In an short interview with the Washington Post Home section, Bethesda-based modern architect Mark McInturff discusses how he blends traditional architecture with modern additions and says modernism has gained more of an acceptance here in the last decade:
“It’s much more desirable and accepted than it was five or 10 years Read More >
June 12, 2008
A Night of Eames, Beer and Popcorn
The Design Within Reach Adam Morgan Studio will hold a screening June 19 of seven of the more than 100 films Charles and Ray Eames produced between 1950 and 1982. (See the short film the couple produced showing their Lounge Chair being assembled. It was shown on NBC in 1956 Read More >
June 9, 2008
Endangered: 1967 ‘Clubview’ in Carderock Springs; Auction June 10
This 1967 expanded Clubview model in Carderock Springs in Bethesda will be auctioned at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the property location. The home needs an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 worth of work, according to Realtor and community resident Mary Lou Shannon. She says neighbors are Read More >
June 7, 2008
Two Hickory Cluster Goodman Townhomes
Here are listings for two Hickory Cluster Townhomes by Charles Goodman in Reston:
1965 3/1.5 – $339K – An end unit carriage home (see pictures below) on Maple Ridge Road.
3/1.5 – $310K – This is one is a FSBO and is open today (June 7) from Read More >
June 7, 2008
Modern Architect Goes Modern at Home
The Post highlights architect Andrew Rollman of the SmithGroup and the transformation of his own living space, which is now very white and decked out with the designs of Bertoia, Knoll and Saarinen. Here’s a slideshow of images.
June 6, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
The Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of its building, a mid-century modern structure with vast expanses of glass tucked into the woods at the corner of Cedar Lane and Beach Drive in Bethesda. The building was designed by Pietro Belluschi, Read More >
May 24, 2008
Price Drop: Two Goodmans in Rock Creek Woods
These two 1959 Charles Goodmans in Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring have had their prices cut. The 76-home community, built by Herschel and Marvin Blumberg, entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
This 3/3 is down to $610K from $622K. Here’s the address.
This Read More >
May 21, 2008
1963 Flat-Roof ‘Phoenix’ MCM in Mantua
Here’s a listing for another flat-roof Phoenix model located in the Fairfax neighborhood of Mantua. The 6/3 home with clerestory windows sits on more than half an acre. This model was done by Phoenix Builders, not Ken Freeman, who designed many of the modern homes in Mantua.
May 18, 2008
Saarinen: The First ‘Starchitect’?
The Washington Post’s architecture critic Philip Kennicott reviews (includes a short slideshow)the Eero Saarinen exhibit at the National Building Museum. He delves into Saarinen’s eclectic career and suggests that the Finnish-American may have been the first “starchitect.” Excerpt below:
“The National Building Museum has a decent bullet-point summary for Read More >
May 12, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Eames Chairs in National Airport’s Historic Terminal A
Before striking out on his own to design modern homes, Charles Goodman was a government architect. He designed post offices and other federal buildings. In 1939, he was selected to be the government’s architect to help design National Airport. While Goodman would eventually resign amid bureaucratic meddling in his Read More >
May 8, 2008
Saarinen Retrospective: Shaping the Future at the National Building Musuem; Begins May 3
Eero Saarinen’s future was, sadly, cut short. The modernist architect and designer of some of the most recognizable mid-century modern furniture designs (think Tulip chair) passed away at the age of 51 from a brain tumor. In his short life, Saarinen, who immigrated to the United States from Finland Read More >
May 2, 2008
Modern Capital: Picked to Click by Washington Post
The blog got a nice mention in the Post yesterday. Terri Sapienza highlighted Modern Capital in her Blog Watch column that appears weekly in the Home Section. Hopefully, the exposure will bring more MCM fans out of the woodwork here in D.C.
May 2, 2008
Care-Free in Hollin Hills
“Our goal is to endow the home with a personality … delightful to be in, pleasant to live in, worthy of pleasure and pride in possession.”
–Charles M. Goodman, A.I.A, Alcoa Care-free Home brochure
When I recently wrote about this Charles Goodman Alcoa Care-free house in Minnesota, a reader rightly Read More >
April 30, 2008
Modern Capital’s Review of the 2008 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour
Washington Post’s Blog Watch
The Post’s Blog Watch column highlights Modern Capital’s review of the 2008 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour.
April 30, 2008
Hollin Hills: Hot, Hilly and History
Nearly 700 people hiked, biked or drove through Hollin Hills yesterday to view nine homes and gardens as part of the 2008 Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour. The day began with a lecture and Q & A session with Hollin Hills residents Dennis Carmichael, a landscape architect, and Read More >
April 27, 2008
The Post Remembers Francis D. Lethbridge
Francis Donald Lethbridge, one of D.C. leading modernist architect during the 1950s and ’60s who helped design Cardeorck Springs, Holmes Run Acres, Pine Spring among other contemporary neighborhoods, died last week at the age of 87. The Washington Post ran a lenghty obituary today on the contributions to local Read More >
April 24, 2008
1961 Hollin Hills Goodman – 579K; Open 4/27
Here’s a listing for a 3/2 Goodman in located in Hollin Hills. Some of the paint colors and kitchen floor are a little too bold, but those are easy to fix. The house is open April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
April 17, 2008
The Kitchen that Henry Built
Regular readers of this blog know my frustration when I see mid-century modern homes here in our area with the cliche-of-the-moment granite and stainless steel kitchens. Do people realize that, in most cases, this particular combination just does not work? So then people ask me, “Mike, what should Read More >
April 16, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Charles Goodman’s Whittier Woods School
I’m launching a new feature, Modern Snapshot, which will highlight mid-century modern buildings in our area that are not only still standing, but still being used on a daily basis–a school, church, library or some other type of space. If you have suggestions, ideas or submissions (with pictures), please send Read More >
April 13, 2008
Price Drops: Custom McLean Goodman, Lake Barcroft and Lake Normandy Estates
Here are some updates on three homes I previously featured:
Endangered McLean Goodman: The small custom 1957 Charles Goodman I posted last month that I fear could be torn down because its sits on 1.7 acres in McLean has dropped $100K. Again, the images in the listing mostly shows the Read More >
April 6, 2008
City Paper Buyer’s Market Column Highlights Modern Capital Tip
The City Paper’s Buyer’s Market column, which enjoys “celebrating the District’s real-estate bust,” highlighted my tip on a modern home that has had a major price drop. This relatively new home (built in 2005) with an MCM feel in Fairfax fit the bill. The last time I wrote about Read More >
April 3, 2008
Billy Smull-Designed Bannockburn Home to Remain
Good news. The 1953 Billy Smull-designed Bannockburn Estates home I wrote about here has been purchased by MCM fans who intend to preserve the home. “We just bought this house,” the anonymous poster said. “We love it, and we certainly are not going to tear it down! We plan Read More >
April 1, 2008
Wright Road Trip
The Post ran a piece the other day on three Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Pennsylvania a short drive from D.C., including Fallingwater. You can even stay overnight at the Duncan House or have your wedding at Kentuck Knob.
March 23, 2008
Chloethiel Smith’s Coleson Cluster in Reston
I added a new link to the MCM Neighborhoods list. Designed by Reston founder Robert E. Simon and modernist architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith in the mid-1960s, Coleson Cluster consists of 47 two-, three- and four-bedroom flat-roofed, brick rowhouses with floor-to-ceiling windows on each level. Here’s a vintage Read More >
March 23, 2008
Two 1960s Contemporaries in Rockville’s Manor Woods; Open 3/16
Compared to most homes I post on the blog, here are two more moderately priced contemporaries in Manor Woods in Rockville. Both are open March 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.
1965 4/3 – $511K – Typical unfortunate kitchen/bath updates in this one. Overall, it looks like it could be a Read More >
March 16, 2008
Register Today: Annual Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour
Would you rather see Charles Goodman’s designs up close and personal rather than on your computer screen? Beyond the occasional open house, now is your chance. Get your tickets to the annual Hollin House and Garden Tour, which will be held April 26 from 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets Read More >
March 11, 2008
Two Pine Spring Contemporaries
Here are two new listings in Pine Spring in Falls Chruch. The homes were designed by the local modernist all-star team team of Keyes, Smith, Satterlee and Lethbridge.
1952 4/2.5 – 629K – From the pictures, this looks one of the nicest homes I seen in the Falls Church neighborhood. Read More >
March 10, 2008
Southwest: Tiber Island and Carrollsburg Square
As part of the urban renewal efforts in Southwest during the 1960s, the Redevelopment Land Agency selected a design for a mix of middle-class housing in the form of high-rise buildings and townhomes connected by a web of open spaces by the local modern architectural firm of Keyes, Lethbridge and Read More >
February 18, 2008
Last Week of Marcel Breuer at National Building Museum
This is the last week to see the National Building Museum’s exhibit Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture. The exhbit features 12 models of Breuer’s architecutre and images of the the homes, churches and other types of spaces he designed, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. The show also includes Read More >
February 10, 2008
Update: River Park Not Endangered
In response to the anonymous post I received the other day claiming there was a memo circulating detailing an effort to sell River Park to developers to build a parking garage for the new baseball stadium, sources within River Park said that suggestion is erroneous and that there is “no Read More >
January 23, 2008
Southwest: Charles Goodman’s River Park High-Rise
As part of the urban renewal efforts in Southwest in the 1960s, Charles Goodman designed River Park, a mix of 134 townhomes and a 384-unit high-rise complex, which is located on Delaware Avenue. Sponsored by Reynolds Metals, Goodman featured aluminum prominently in his designs. The River Park co-op Read More >
January 20, 2008
Rossdhu Court: From Medieval to Mid-Century
Today, Rossdhu Court in Chevy Chase is an enclave of seven modern homes built in the 1960s and ’70s. The 90 acre site used to house a castle built in 1927 by Captain and Mrs. Clarence Calhoun, according to a history of the area on the Rossdhu Gallery Read More >
January 19, 2008
Fulfilling a 30-Year Eames ‘Craving’
The Post‘s Housewatch columnist Katherine Salant waxes poetically about her 30-year “craving” to own an Eames lounge chair.
“The first time I sat in an Eames lounge chair, I was hooked,” she writes. “It was simply the most wonderful chair I had ever encountered, its curved and playful profile unlike Read More >
January 12, 2008
Southwest D.C.: A Haven of Modernism
As Southwest D.C. goes through another period of urban renewal with the revitalization of the Waterside Mall (the new area will be called the Waterfront) and the new baseball stadium, the area continues to represent one of the region’s largest concentration of mid-century modern dwellings, which were built during Read More >
January 7, 2008