Short Sale: 1955 Mid-Century Rambler in Burke – $430K
This listing is for a 3/2 mid-century with three levels on .89 acres in Burke. Looks like it was in the process of being remodeled (or, remuddled, as many people describe a bad MCM remodel). Not sure on this one since there are no interior images.
December 31, 2008
(Sold: $200K; 4/09) Foreclosure: Charles Goodman National Homes Prefab in Herndon Woods – $199K
As I wrote here, Charles Goodman served as a consulting architect to National Homes for five years beginning in 1953. At the time, National Homes was the country’s largest prefab manufacturer. This listing for a 3/1.5 on .36 acres here in Herndon Woods looks to be a Goodman. Read More >
December 28, 2008
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
1971 Expanded and Updated MCM in Forest Hills – $2.475 Million; Open 12/21
This new listing is for a 1971 MCM by architect Michael Mariani, who is said to have been chairman of the architecture department at Catholic University. (I could not find any information about him; I’ll keep looking). The 4/4.5 exterior of the house, located here in D.C.’s Forest Read More >
December 20, 2008
1962 Front-Gabled MCM Rambler in Rockville – $875K
This 4/2 MCM rambler has a nice front-gabled, slightly pitched roof, prominent fireplace on the front of the house and lots of exposed brick interior walls. The house, which has updated baths and kitchen, sits here on nearly half an acre in Old Georgetown Estates in Rockville.
December 17, 2008
1960 Mid-Century Raised Rambler in Annandale – $519K
This 5/3 raised rambler in Annandale has a little bit more mid-century style than most homes of this kind. It has cathedral ceilings, clerestory windows and large transom window over the front door with sidelights. I would replace the more traditional door and sidelights with MCM appropriate replacements (you Read More >
December 15, 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
2004 Hargrave Residence by Robert Gurney – $3.295 Million
This new listing is for the award-winning Hargrave Residence in Glen Echo Heights by Robert Gurney. If you have ever driven down MacArthur Boulevard you have seen this ultra-modern house sitting here high above the road with a view of the Potomac. The most prominent feature is the Read More >
December 13, 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
Short Sale: 1952 MCM in Oxon Hill – $265K
This one-level MCM sits here on .86 of an acre in Oxon Hill near the new National Harbor. The 2/2, 1,600 square-foot home has tongue-and-groove ceilings and almost all glass on the back, which features a large deck. Wish there were more pictures here. This one is a Read More >
December 11, 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
1958 Massive MCM in Owings Mills – $795K
Here’s another cool MCM up near Baltimore in Owings Mills. Take a look at this place: It’s a 5/4 on three levels totalling nearly 5,000 square-feet. Look at all that glass (including clerestory windows), cathedral ceilings, separate stone and brick fireplaces and ultra-modern kitchen. And it sits on almost three Read More >
December 8, 2008
1953 Mid-Century Rasied Rambler in Chevy Chase – $679K; Open 12/7
This 4/3 2,500 square-foot raised rambler is in Rock Creek Estates, a small enclave a mid-century ramblers here on Jones Mill Road and Susanna Lane in Chevy Chase. This has an updated granite and stainless steel kitchen with dark wood cabinets. If you go see the house from 1 Read More >
December 7, 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
1969 Hillcrest Model in Carderock Springs – $799K
Nice transom window over a cool yellow front door on this newly listed Hillcrest model in Carderock Springs. The 4/3 home, which features a split foyer with open wood staircase and a deck off the kitchen and dining room, is located here in Bethesda.
December 4, 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
(Sold – $275K; 3/31/09) 1951 Goodman Unit 2BR in Hammond Wood – $285K
This new listing is a for a 2/1, 936 square-foot Charles Goodman located in Hammond Wood in the Silver Spring/Wheaton area. The model, Goodman’s smallest, is known as the Unit 2BR and was built with vertical cypress wood siding and reclaimed brick, which is also used in Read More >
November 26, 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
Rental: Expanded 1952 Goodman in Hollin Hills – $2,500/month
Here’s a new listing for a 3/2 Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills for rent. The owners plan on storing their fragile or hard-to-replace mid-century modern furniture, but are open to a partially furnished arrangement. I would pay more for them to leave the two(!) Eames Lounge Chairs.
November 23, 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
Price Drop: Harry Ormston MCM in Forest Hills Drops $175K; (Sold for $1.035 Million)
This flat-roof MCM by Harry Ormston I first posted here has dropped from $1.45 million to $1.275. The listing also has been updated with additional images.
November 21, 2008
1965 Atomic Ranch in Pikesville – $569K
I like the elongated butterfly roof and flat-roof carport on this raised ranch located in Pikesville, Maryland. The 5/3.5 house on .76 acres also has a pool to add to the mid-century modern California feel.
November 19, 2008
1971 Watergate Condo – $1.25 Million
So my previous post on the Watergate Duplex had no interior images. Thankfully, this 3/2.5 condo owned by long-time Modern Capital readers does. Take a look and see what a high-end Watergate unit looks like decked out with mid-century modern and modern furnishings.
November 18, 2008
Price Drop: 1965 Watergate Duplex – $849K
This 3/3.5 Watergate duplex was originally listed for $975K more than eight months ago. The listing does not have any interior images of the unit. The Watergate’s lead architect, Italian Luigi Moretti, apparently was “Mussolini’s favorite architect” who “never fully recanted his fascist sympathies,” according to Martin Moller in Read More >
November 18, 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
1972 Sprawling Rockville Rambler on 1.4 Acres – $675K; Open 11/16
Take a look at this early 1970s sprawling 5,700 sq. ft. raised rambler located in Sycamore Acres in Rockville. The 6/3.5 home has a swinging, sunken living room with marble fireplace, low-pitched roof with large, extended eaves and mostly glass on the back overlooking the 1.4 acre property. The Read More >
November 15, 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
FSBO: 1965 Charles Goodman Hickory Cluster Townhome in Reston – $280K
This For Sale By Owner Hickory Cluster 3/1.5 townhome in Reston is a short sale.
November 14, 2008
2007 Robert Gurney Ultra-Modern in Glen Echo Heights – $7.1 Million
Photo by Maxwell McKenzie
Not sure who has the cash for this one, but its fun to look at anyway. This AIA award winning ultra-modern home by Robert Gurney is perched on a wooded slope in Glen Echo Heights overlooking the Potomac River. The 4/6.5 home was built Read More >
November 13, 2008
Looking for a Lustron? 1950 2/1 in South Arlington for Sale – $364K
Located in South Arlington, this 1950 2/1 updated Lustron is a foreclosure. The Post highlighted the listing as part of its recent piece on the Krowne Lustron’s trip to MoMA, which I wrote about earlier here.
November 12, 2008
1970 Contemporary on Sillery Bay in Pasadena, MD – $1.475 Million
With temperatures starting to drop a bit, I’m already thinking of summer, the beach and large bodies of water. This 1970 contemporary on Sillery Bay in Pasadena, Maryland, could be a nice spot near the Chesapeake during the dog days of summer. While the 4/3 home has some decidedly non-MCM Read More >
November 11, 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
1963 Mohican Hills Modern – $899K; Open 11/16
This is a new listing for what appears to be a Matthews and Schwartz home similar in style to the one I featured here. The 4/2.5 home is located in Bethesda’s Mohican Hills, a neighborhood near the Potomac with a trove of MCM and contemporary homes. The Read More >
November 8, 2008
Price Drop: 1959 Rock Creek Woods Goodman Down $50K to $549K; Open 11/9
November 7, 2008
1970 Forest Hills MCM by Harry Ormston – $1.45 Million
This 1970 home located here in Forest Hills in D.C. was designed by Harry E. Ormston, a McLean-based architect whose work was recognized by leading publications such as Architectural Record and Progressive Architecture. The listing, which says the 4/3 house was “redone to meet today’s standards,” has only one Read More >
November 7, 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
Event: Tour of Wright’s Cooke House in Virginia Beach; Listed at $4.4 Million
The beach and modern architecture. What could be better? On Saturday, Nov. 15, the 1953 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Andrew B. and Maude Cooke House in Virginia Beach will be open for a rare tour. Homeowners Jane and Daniel Duhl will are hosting the tour and reception in their Read More >
November 4, 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
Updated: 1977 Deck House in Bethesda – $999K (Sold for $830K)
Before there was the pre-fab dwell homes by Empyrean, there was the Deck House. This new listing is for a 1977 Deck House located here on a more than half acre wooded lot in Bethesda.
Deck House, Inc. was founded in 1959 by William Berkes, a pioneer in post and Read More >
October 29, 2008
1960 Ken Freeman Contemporary in Bradley Park – $849K
This new listing is for an expanded 1960 contemporary in Bradley Park by Ken Freeman. Many vintage touches are still evident in the 4/3 Bethesda home, including exposed wood-beams, hanging, stem-mounted globe lights in the kitchen, original kitchen countertops and wood cabinets, wood walls and yellow and white master Read More >
October 25, 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
Price Drop: 1972 Herndon Contemporary with Atrium – $650K
This early 1970s Herndon contemporary has dropped from around $900K and is a short sale. Located here on nearly an acre near Eero Saarinen’s Dulles Airport, the 4/3.5 home has an open-air atrium, open floor plan, walls of glass and wood ceilings.
October 21, 2008
1960 Bethesda Ultra-Modern Renovation – $1.4 Million; Open 10/19
Here’s another open house for you today. This one is a for a 1960 Bethesda house renovated in 2004 to give it more of a ultra-modern feel. Look at all that glass in the master bedroom, which won an AIA award. The 3,400 sq. ft. home is located here Read More >
October 19, 2008
1969 5,000 Square-Foot Contemporary in McLean – $1.595 Milion; Open 10/19
Looks like a lot of the late ’60s details have been renovated out of this McLean home, but check out the open kitchen/sunken living loom space with wood-beamed ceilings and large brick-wall fireplace. The four-level house, located here on almost an acre with pool, is open today from 1 Read More >
October 19, 2008
(Sold: 315K; 12/08) Price Drop: 1955 Atomic Ranch in Raymondale – $320K; Open 10/19
This 3/1 atomic ranch in Raymondale in Falls Church features a low-pitched gable roof, clerestory windows and side carport. The price on the house is down from $335K. The listing has only two exterior images, but it is open tomorrow (Oct. 19) from 1 to 4 p.m.
October 18, 2008
1965 Better Homes and Garden MCM in Hollindale – $589K; Open 10/19
The plans for this MCM in Hollindale in Fairfax County (just south of Hollin Hills) were designed by Frank Glass, the architect-editor of Better Homes and Garden and appeared in a 1964 issue of the magazine. The upper level of the 4/2.5 flat-roof house is clad in redwood, while the Read More >
October 16, 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
Columbus Day Sale at Millennium Decorative Arts
In honor of Columbus Day on Monday, do your own discovering of vintage MCM furniture and objects at Millennium on U. Street from 2 to 7 p.m. Selected furniture will be 20 to 50 percent off. All small items will be marked down 20 percent.
October 12, 2008
Price Drop: 1965 Goodman Hickory Cluster Townhome – $379K
October 11, 2008
Price Drop: Lyle Rowley-Designed MCM in Moyaone Reserve Reduced $100K
This 1957 MCM home attributed to a design by noted Dallas modern architect Lyle Rowley is now listed at $299K, dropping $100K since I posted it back in March. The house, which looks pretty much untouched, features a low-pitched roof, slate floor in the foyer and some nice wood walls. Read More >
October 10, 2008
FSBO: 1951 Rare Goodman Unit 3 in Hollin Hills – $592K – Open 10/11 and 10/12
This rare Hollin Hills Unit 3 by Charles Goodman (one level, 1,544 sq. ft., 3/2 with two-car carport) has been in the same family since it was built in 1951 and comes with the original blueprints and original steel kitchen cabinets. The house has also has a nice patio Read More >
October 9, 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
1954 Untouched Goodman in Hollin Hills – $549K; Open 10/5
This brand new listing is for an untouched, 3/1.5 Hollin Hills home by Charles Goodman with the original kitchen, including yellow cabinets. The one-level, slab-on-grade Unit 2 house (Goodman’s most basic model) is close to 1,400 sq. ft. and sits on more than half an acre. The house is open Read More >
October 4, 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
Post Highlights a Modern River Renovation
Kirsten Madison and Matthew Dyckman did a nice ultra-modern interior renovation of the their 1959 Alexandria ranch house overlooking the Potomac. While the couple totally transformed the inside of the home, they left the modest mid-century exterior pretty much intact. The did add a nice touch with the Neutra House Read More >
October 2, 2008
1965 ‘Glenmore’ Model in Carderock Springs – $795K
This nice Glenmore model perched on a hill in Carderock Springs in Bethesda appears to be a one-level rambler but drops in the back to a second level. The house by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon has wide expanses of glass on the front and back, including in the open living Read More >
October 2, 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
1968 Expanded Hollin Hills Goodman – $729K
This new listing if for an expanded two-level Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills. The 4/2 home on .36 acres features a screened in porch to take in the natural surroundings.
September 28, 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
Price Drop: Edmund Bennett’s Bethesda Contemporary Drops $300K; Open 9/28
The early 1970s custom home designed by developer Edmund Bennett for him and his wife has dropped $300K to $2.195 million. It’s open on Sunday if you want to see the work of one of the leading developers of mid-century modern homes in the D.C. area.
September 26, 2008
1971 Cedar-Clad California Contemporary in Annandale – $625K
This early 1970s 5/4.5 contemporary is more than 3,800 sq. ft. on more than a half acre here in Annandale. It has a lot of glass, cathedral ceilings and nice deck surrounded by trees.
September 23, 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
1967 Renovated Flat-Roof Goodman in Hollin Hills – $675K
This renovated flat-roof home by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills was just listed. The listing for this 3/2 home on .41 acres has only one exterior image. I’d like to see what what was done inside. Has anyone seen this one?
September 20, 2008
Hollin Hills, Holmes Run Acres Via Flickr
September 19, 2008
1965 Split-Level Contemporary in Manor Woods – $479K
Looks like a well maintained Miller & Smith contemporary in Manor Woods in Rockville. The 4/3 home, with nice glass panels by the front door and carport, is located here.
September 18, 2008
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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:
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September 18, 2008
1959 Charles Goodman in Rock Creek Woods – $599K
4012 Ingersol in Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods is back on the market at a lower price and what looks to be an improved condition. I first posted this 3/3 back in January when it was listed for $622K. The two-level house is located here in the National Read More >
September 17, 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
Price Drop: 1966 MCM Townhome with Cork Flooring – $366K
Here’s a quick follow up to my recent post on MCM townhomes in Reston. This large (nearly 2,500 sq. ft.) 5/3.5 townhome has a nice mix of wood, brick and glass, including a wall of windows in the living room. The listing says the updated kitchen has Read More >
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
1969 MCM ‘Tree House’ in Forest Hills – $1.2 Million
This late 1960s modern ‘tree house’ is tucked into the Forest Hills neighborhood of D.C., which is surrounded to the east by Rock Creek Park. The neighborhood has a wide variety of architectural styles, including a number of mid-century modern and modern homes by Richard Neutra and Read More >
September 10, 2008
Price Drop: Slayton House Drops $425K; Now $3.825 Million
Big price drop on the I.M. Pei/Hugh Newell Jacobsen Slayton House.
September 10, 2008
1976 3 Pavilion/Dreier-Barton House by Hugh Newell Jacobsen – $1.695 Million
Would you look good in this house? D.C. Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, one of America’s leading architects who opened his practice in 1958, says his “detailing is deliberately sparse and linear in order to enhance the spaces within and without. People look good in my buildings.” The award-winning 3/2 home Read More >
September 9, 2008
David Jameson Ultra-Modern ‘Jigsaw’ House in Bethesda – $1.395 Million
This listing is for the AIA award-winning “Jigsaw” house in Bethesda by Alexandria-based architect David Jameson. On his web site, Jameson says the project “recycled a single story suburban house located on a busy corner” into an ultra-modern home with uniquely shaped windows and an with open-air courtyard.
“Fundamental Read More >
September 8, 2008
MCM Townhomes in Reston by Goodman, Sauer
Townhomes by Charles Goodman in Hickory Cluster in Reston, Virginia
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
Price Drop: Clifton ‘Treehouse’ on 5 Acres – $725K
This Clifton contemporary “treehouse” on more than 5 acres I first posted here has dropped $75,000 to $725K.
September 5, 2008
1959 Flat-Roof MCM in McLean – $875K
The listing has limited pictures of this flat-roof MCM so it it is hard to get a true sense of the home, which sits on .65 acres just inside the Beltway in the River Oaks neighborhood of McLean. The living room has wood-beamed ceilings and the kitchen has been updated, Read More >
September 4, 2008
1975 Cedar-Clad Contemporary on Lake in Great Falls – $1.49 Million
This cedar-clad contemporary in Timberlake Run in Great Falls has plenty of glass, wood ceilings and sits on more than an acre overlooking a lake. Click the virtual tour for good images.
September 3, 2008
Short Sale: 1972 ‘Meadowview’ in Truro – $499K
Here’s another listing for a short sale in Virginia. This one is for a 5/3 Meadowview model on more than a quarter acre in Truro in Annandale. The house, a two-level contemporary rambler, sold for $580,000 in March 2005.
September 3, 2008
Short Sale: 1972 Contemporary with Atrium in Oak Hill – $650K
Check out the open-air atrium in this early 1970s contemporary with wood ceilings on nearly an acre. The house is located in Fox Mill Acres in Oak Hill, Va., near Dulles airport. The 4/3.5 home is a short sale and has been on the market for more than a year, Read More >
September 3, 2008
1966 ‘Clubview’ in Carderock – $875K
For those who can’t bankroll the purchase of the home Edmund Bennett built for himself in the early 1970s, here’s a Clubview model in Carderock Springs in Bethesda built by the developer and designed by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. From the listing, it looks like the kitchen and baths Read More >
September 2, 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
1978 Georgetown Contemporary by Arthur Cotton Moore – $5.9 Million
I wish there were more pictures of this all white, Bauhaus-like 1978 contemporary in Georgetown by D.C. architect Arthur Cotton Moore, best known for his historic renovation of the Old Post Office and the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and for his design for Washington Harbor. In 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
Price Drop: 1963 Ken Freeman in Bradley Park – $849K
I went to see this house in Bradley Park last year. At the time, it was on the market for close to $1 million. It was recently relisted at $849K. The house is large with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths spread over four levels and I like the open Read More >
August 27, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Richland Place in Silver Spring
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 Institute of Architects, which presented him with Read More >
August 26, 2008
Open House: Edmund Bennett’s 1973 Contemporary in Bethesda – $2.495 Million
If you missed last week’s open house of developer Edmund Bennett’s custom home he designed for himself in the early 1970s, it is open again today (Aug. 24) from 1 to 4 p.m. Here’s the listing and my earlier post about the house in Bradley Hills Grove in Bethesda.
August 24, 2008
Price Drop: Large 1958 Contemporary in Holmes Run Acres – $525K
This 2,400 sq. ft., 4/2 home in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church has nice wood-beamed ceilings and tongue-in-groove Philippine Mahogany walls. Kitchen and bathroom pictured need work. This is down $50K from original listing price. I first mentioned it this post here.
August 24, 2008
Short Sale: 1952 MCM on Two Acres in Potomac – $999K
This is a short sale for a 1952 MCM with a tennis court and pool on two acres in Potomac. The 5/4 home, which was expanded in 1971, is listed as a fixer upper. There is only one not so good exterior photo in the listing. Looks like the home Read More >
August 22, 2008
Price Drop: Untouched 1953 Goodman Unit 2 in Hollin Hills – $472K
This 1953 Unit 2 by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills has dropped another $25K, down to $472K from an original price of $529K. This 3/1.5 slab-on-grade house is one of two original remaining Unit 2 homes that have not have been expanded. This Hollin Hills model was an Read More >
August 20, 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
1964 Flat-Roof Waterfront MCM in Lake Barcroft – $1.345 Million
This 4/3 home in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church is listed as a “fixer upper,” but only has one interior picture so it is hard to tell what needs to be done. Or could that mean the house has not been updated and could be preserved in its vintage 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
1952 Expanded Homes Run Acres Contemporary – $519K
This listing is for an expanded 3/2 contemporary in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church. The addition to the home appears to remain true to the original design of architects Donald Letherbridge and Nicholas Satterlee, nicely incorporating a similar roof-line, wood-beamed ceilings and liberal use of glass to create Read More >
August 16, 2008
Edmund Bennett’s 1973 Contemporary in Bethesda – $2.495 Million; Open 8/17
Here’s your chance to own the former home of developer Edmund Bennett, one of the leading forces behind “contemporary” architecture in the D.C.-area during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bennett built Carderock Springs, New Mark Commons, Potomac Overlook and Flint Hill. His homes can also be found in Kenwood Read More >
August 15, 2008
1968 ‘Meadow’ Model in Wessynton with Original Kitchen – $639K
For those of you not into the stainless steel and granite look, here’s a 5/3 Meadow model in Wessynton with much of the original kitchen. The house, which is 70 feet long, has four levels and plenty of glass. Wessynton, located nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria, was Read More >
August 14, 2008
(Sold – $410K; 1/10) Price Drop: 1969 MCM on 5 Acres in Moyaone Reserve – $535K
Take a look at this relatively untouched sprawling MCM likley by Charles Wagner in Moyaone Reserve in Accokeek, Maryland. Open spaces, walls of glass, exposed wood beams, wood walls, and Terrazzo floors can be found in this 5/3 on more than 5 acres. The home was originally listed at $599K.
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August 14, 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
(Sold: $305K; 8/08) Foreclosure: 1955 Raymondale Contemporary – $304K
The listing has only one exterior image for this 4/2 in Raymondale in Falls Church, so its not clear what needs to be done in this modest mid-century inside the Beltway.
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
1965 Country Club Forest Contemporary with Clerestory Windows – $930K; Open 8/10
Clerestory windows wrap around the upper floor of this 4/2.5 contemporary located in Bethesda off River Road. The home also features additional large expanses of glass, including a nice transom window over the master bedroom door, and exposed wood beams. Click on the listing’s virtual tour for images Read More >
August 9, 2008
1972 Dumaldry Contemporary – $785K – Open 8/10
Don’t always judge a book by its cover. That’s definitely true with this early 1970s contemporary located in Drumaldry in Bethesda. While the front exterior may not scream out modern or contemporary, wait until you see the inside of this 4/2.5 Twin Court model. Look at the two-story Read More >
August 9, 2008
1965 Flat-Roof Goodman in Hollin Hills – $625K
This listing is for a 4/2 expanded flat-roof Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills on more than a third of an acre. Looks like tile rather than wood floors throughout the one-level house.
August 8, 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
1963 Lakefront MCM in Lake Barcroft – $1.895 Million
Here’s a new listing for a 1963 flat-roof 4/3.5 MCM in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church. The house has water access and sits on half an acre. Looks cool from the outside, but the listing has no interior images.
Lake Barcroft has one of the areas largest concentration of mid-century modern Read More >
August 6, 2008
Price Drop: Goodman’s Custom Alvin Q. Ehrlich House in Bethesda Down 470K to $1.13 Million
The price keeps dropping on this 1952 custom Charles Goodman built for Alvin Q. Ehrlich, a veteran Washington advertising, marketing and public relations executive who died in 1989. When I originally visited the home in Bradley Hills Grove in the fall of 2006, it was listed at $1.6 Read More >
August 5, 2008
Price Drop: 1966 Beltsville MCM with Hints of Eichler – $499K
The price on this 4/3 raised ranch in Beltsville, Md., with hints of the California homes designed by Joesph Eichler has dropped $85K to just under $500K. The house, which sits on nearly half an acre, has wood-beamed ceilings, large light-colored brick fireplace that contrasts with the Read More >
August 4, 2008
1965 Hillside Hollin Hills Goodman Open Today – $949K
August 3, 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 New Holmes Run Acres Listings
Here are two new listings in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church. The community was first developed in 1950 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The more than 350 homes, which were modeled after contemporary California ranch-style homes of the time, were constructed by three builders: Read More >
July 29, 2008
For Rent: 3/1 Hammond Wood Goodman – $2,050/Month
Looks like a very nicely remodeled Charles Goodman rental in Hammond Woods in Silver Spring. If you want the house furnished with Eames and other mid-century furniture, add $400 to the price per month.
July 27, 2008
For Sale: Original Metal Cabinets from Hollin Hills Goodman
Here’s a craigslist listing for original 1950s metal cabinets from a home in Hollin Hills. They were moved out of the kitchen in the 1960s when the kitchen was redone.
July 27, 2008
Another Open 7/27 in Bradley Park; 1958 Ken Freeman – $799K
I just found another open house today in Bradley Park. This one is a 3/2.5 Ken Freeman conemporary with great windows on the front, especially surrounding the door. The listing has only one exterior image. If you go see this one, located here, go check out these as Read More >
July 27, 2008
1962 Sprawling Rambler in Alexandria – $790K
This sprawling early 1960s raised rambler located in Wellington (just southeast of Hollin Hills) is being sold by the original owner. The house has a low-slung roof and the back is nearly all glass. I also like the brick fireplace/planter that separates the living and dining rooms as you Read More >
July 27, 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
Moran’s Goodman on the Market – $7.175 Million
Looks like Rep. Jim Moran and his wife have put up their custom McLean Charles Goodman on the market. In a recent article in the Connection that I wrote about here, they had indicated that they were planning to move. The 4/3.5 home is located along Chain Bridge Road Read More >
July 25, 2008
(Sold; 330K; 3/09) Foreclosure: 1955 Mid-Century Split in Raymondale – $424K
This listing is for a 4/2 split-level on 1/2 an acre in Raymondale in Falls Church. From the few pictures, it looks the home has been updated. It could be a project for someone looking for a lower-cost home in an MCM community inside the Beltway.
July 24, 2008
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, Read More >
July 23, 2008
FSBO: 1950 Lustron in Forest Heights – $437K
Between 1949 and 1950, Chicago industrialist and inventor Carl Strandlund’s Lustron Corporation built more than 2,500 of the pref-fab steel houses with porcelain-enamel-coated panels to help house the returning soldiers and their families after World War II. This area Lustron is a 4/3 with 2,500 sq. ft. over two levels. Read More >
July 22, 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
1968 Flat-Roof Mid-Century in McLean – $1.25 Million
I wish there were better pictures of this 1968 home (possibly with a flat roof) located in Saigon in McLean. There are plenty of pictures, but none provide a true sense of the 5/3 home, which sits on 2 acres. If anyone has seen this one, let us Read More >
July 20, 2008
1960 Raised Rambler in Villamay – $1.25 Million
This mid-century raised rambler in Villamay in Fairfax has plenty of glass to view the Potomac. Nice cabinets in the updated kitchen.
July 19, 2008
1965 Contemporary in Glen Echo Heights – $798K; Open 7/20
I like how the green concrete and wood exterior of this 1960s contemporary in Glen Echo Heights in Bethesda blends the house right into the trees. The 4/3 3,100 sq. ft. house has a nice open living/dining room area with wood-beamed cathedral ceilings. Kitchen alert: It has granite and stainless Read More >
July 17, 2008
Charles Goodman-Designed Prefabs for Sale, Rent in Annandale
In addition to designing homes for local developers who built signature “Goodman” communities such as Hollin Hills, River Park and Rock Creek Woods, Charles Goodman also served as an architect for Lafayette, Ind.-based National Homes, which was the country’s largest prefab home manufacturer. A 1954 Time article described Jim Price, Read More >
July 13, 2008
Open House: 1967 Wessynton ‘Forest’ Model – $649K
July 12, 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
1965 Flat-Roof MCM in North Arlington – $1.4 Million
I have not come across a lot of mid-century modern homes in North Arlington, but here is one worth exploring. This 5/3.5 flat-roof MCM with sits on .4 acres of mature trees in the Broyhill Forest/Hills neighborhood. The 3, 700 sq. ft. home has some Japanese touches, including Read More >
July 11, 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
1962 Eichleresque MCM in D.C.Back on Market; $200K More Than Last Year – $957K
When I first wrote about this MCM in Chevy Chase, D.C., just over a year ago it was listed at $799K and needed massive work, as I detailed in the post. The 4,000 sq. ft. home in Hawthorne, which evokes Eichler to me, is now back on the Read More >
July 8, 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
1962 Joseph Miller MCM in Forest Hills – $1.685 Million
Hope everyone had a good Fourth of July. Here’s a nice home to see this holiday weekend. Open only by appointment today and tomorrow, this 1962 flat-roof home in D.C.’s Forest Hills neighborhood was designed by Joseph Miller, a top area architect during the Read More >
July 5, 2008
1963 Phoenix Flat-Roof in Mantua Open July 6 – $675K
This 1963 Phoenix Flat-roof in Mantua Hills I first posted here is open again this Sunday (July 6) from 1 to 4 p.m. The price is still at $675K. The listing has no images of the kitchen and baths. If anyone goes to see this, let us know what Read More >
July 3, 2008
100K Price Drop: 1968 Hollin Hills Goodman – $725K
This 4/3 Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills on half and acre was originally on the market in the fall for $825K; it’s now $725K. In addition, the listing says the house has $100K in renovations. From the few pictures, it looks like they spent some cash on the kitchen, in Read More >
July 1, 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
1962 Goodman End-Unit Barrel-Roof Townhome – $399K
Here’s another Charles Goodman barrel-roof townhouse in River Park in Southwest. The end-unit has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths over 1,600 sq. ft. Looks like it has a nice backyard patio. Maybe they will throw in the flamingos. See the listing for images.
June 28, 2008
1957 Cool Spring Contemporary – $309K
This 1957 3/2 contemporary in Cool Spring in Hyattsville looks relatively untouched, especially the vintage kitchen. The back of the house is mostly glass. While the the house definitely needs work (start with getting rid of that siding), it looks like it could have some potential for $300,000. The neighborhood Read More >
June 27, 2008
1965 Glen Echo Heights Contemporary – $850K
The listing for this 4/2 contemporary in Glen Echo Heights says it is in “pristine original” condition. It has nice windows and wood-beamed ceilings, but no images to see the kitchen or the bathrooms.
June 27, 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
1965 Hillside Hollin Hills Goodman – $949K
This 5/2 Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills was built for the original owners here on .6 acres 100 feet up a hill from the road. It was a site the family used to picnic when they lived in another house in Hollin Hills. The current sellers purchased the Read More >
June 24, 2008
1960 Mid-Century Split in Kemp Mill Estates – $430K
Here’s a listing for a modest mid-century split-level located in Kemp Mill Estates in Silver Spring. I like the varying roof lines and the carport entrance way on this 4/2.5 home. Looks like the kitchen and some of the bathrooms are original. One downside is the vinyl siding.
June 23, 2008
1966 ‘Glenmore’ Model in Carderock Springs – $889K; Open 6/22
Here’s a brand new listing for an expanded and updated Glenmore model in Carderock Springs in Bethesda. Designed by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon and built by Edmund Bennett, the home is a raised ranch with 4 bedroom and 3 baths located on more than of a third of Read More >
June 20, 2008
Updated: 1953 Original Unit 2 Goodman in Hollin Hills – $497K
Here’s an updated listing with more images of this 1953 Unit 2 by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills. This one-level, 3/1.5 is one of two original remaining Unit 2 homes that have not been expanded. This Hollin Hills model was an upgrade to the original 1946 design for the Read More >
June 19, 2008
1961 Contemporary with Modern Master Suite Addition – $1.275 Million
Check out this award-winning master suite addition to a 1961 Charred Oak Estates contemporary located in Bethesda. The design by Shinberg.Levinas won a 2008 Washington Residential Design Award from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Washingtonian magazine. Connected to the original home by a Read More >
June 17, 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
1998 Clifton Contemporary ‘Treehouse’ – $800K
No need for shades on all the windows of this contemporary situated on more than 5 acres in Clifton, Virginia. While the house was built in 1998, it has that California contemporary feel. The 3/2.5 house is built right into the woods and has three cantilevered decks to enjoy Read More >
June 14, 2008
1952 Pine Spring Ranch – $437K
Here’s a 3/1 ranch in Pine Spring in Falls Church. Hard to see the exterior from behind all that shrubbery and there are no pictures of the kitchen, which the listing says has been updated. If you are looking for a contemporary designed by a group of D.C.’s leading MCM Read More >
June 13, 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
1967 Wessynton ‘Forest’ Model – $649K
This late 1960s contemporary in Wessynton in Mount Vernon, Virginia, was designed by Deigert and Yerkes, one of the top teams of modern architects in D.C. during the MCM era. This Forest model features nice walls of glass and a large brick fireplace that separates the living and Read More >
June 11, 2008
Short Sale: 1952 Butterfly-Roof Goodman in Hollin Hills – $529K
Here’s a listing for a short sale of a Unit 2 by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills. The Unit 2 is a 3/2 one-story slab-on-grade house. This once incorporates the cool butterfly roof. The house sits on nearly half an acre. The listing has only one exterior shot.
June 10, 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 Read More >
June 9, 2008
1951 Crestwood Flat-Roof MCM – $899K; Open 6/8
Here’s a nice flat-roof MCM located in the D.C.’s Crestwood neighborhood, which is has a number of mid-century modern homes as well as other styles. The home features a two-tone brick and stone facade. The stone is also used inside the house for the full-wall fireplace. There Read More >
June 8, 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
1952 Holmes Run Acres MCM – $449K; Open 6/8
The owners of this 3/1 MCM in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church are marketing their home with a nice web site chalk full of information and images. I like the wood-beamed ceilings throughout the house and large end-wall fireplace. The owners are holding an open Read More >
June 6, 2008
1968 Bannockburn Estates Contemporary – $1.295 Million; Open 6/1
I love the whole area where this late ’60s contemporary is located. Just drive around (or bike as I did) Nevis Road and the surrounding streets to see a wide variety of mid-century modern and contemporary homes. The area comprises Bannockburn Estates, Bannockburn Heights and Flint Hill. Read More >
May 30, 2008
1962 Barrel-Roof Goodman in River Park – $424K; Open 6/8
This new listing says this 4/2 barrel-roof Charles Goodman townhome in River Park has $70,000 in upgrades. I could do without the investment in all those paint colors, but the glass tile in the one of the bathrooms looks cool. Many people are using glass tile in their MCM remodels. Read More >
May 28, 2008
1959 Wildwood Manor Contemporary – $645K
There are eight of these contemporaries with low slope, front-gabled roofs located along Grosvenor Lane in Bethesda’s Wildwood Manor neighborhood. Looks like this one has non-MCM friendly kitchen and bath updates.
May 26, 2008
Updated: 1963 McLean MCM by Harry E. Ormston – $1.15 Million
Click here for dozens of images of this 1963 MCM designed by Harry E. Ormston, a McLean architect whose work was recognized by leading publications such as Architectural Record and Progressive Architecture. The 4/3 home sits one acre in McLean. I like the all white kitchen and Read More >
May 25, 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: 1956 Chevy Chase Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Home Drops $150K
The price on this FLW-inspired home has dropped $150K to $1.35 million. This 4/3.5 home with pool sits on nearly a half acre in Chevy Chase, just across the D.C. line. See the virtual tour for extensive images.
May 24, 2008
Chevy Chase Modern By Mark McInturff – $1.29 Million
Looks like this modern house in the Rollingwood section of Chevy Chase has a contract, but it is an interesting story nonetheless. The home, built in 1994 and designed by architect Mark McInturff (who grew up in Hollin Hills), was constructed on a piece of property on Greenvale Read More >
May 22, 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
1957 Contemporary Rambler in Raymondale – $599K
May 19, 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
1951 Goodman in Hammond Wood – $382K; Open 5/18
I’m going to check out this 3/1 Charles Goodman tomorrow (May 18). Looks like a good MCM starter home located in Hammond Wood, which has 56 Goodman-designed homes and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the most distinctive features of this model, known Read More >
May 17, 2008
1968 New Mark Commons Contemporary – $619K; Open 5/18
This listing is for a late 1960s 4/3 contemporary located in New Mark Commons in Rockville. The community, a Planned Urban Development, was developed by Edmund J. Bennett and designed by the mid-century modern architectural firm Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. Bennett and KLC also built Carderock Springs. The house Read More >
May 17, 2008
1951 Mid-Century Rambler in High Point – $729K
This listing is for a 4/2, expanded mid-century rambler located in the Bethesda neighborhood of High Point, which I highlighted back in December. This is the first home I have seen for sale in the neighborhood since then.
May 15, 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
Endangered: 1958 Raised Rambler in Kenwood Park – $829K
I like the prominent car port on this this mid-century rambler in Kenwood Park in Bethesda. The listing has no interior pictures of the 4/2.5 house and says it needs “considerable work” or “could be possible teardown.” I wonder if the interior has been preserved.
May 10, 2008
1956 Contemporary Split-Foyer in Somerset Heights – $995K
This listing is for a 4/3 contemporary in Somerset Heights in Chevy Chase. Looks like a nice open space with some period details remaining in at least one of the bathrooms. The kitchen is not shown in the pictures.
May 10, 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
1972 Contemporary on Two Acres in Darnestown – $648K
If you’re looking for a contemporary home on some acreage in Montgomery Country, take a look at this listing for an early 1970s ceder-and-brick raised rambler on two acres.
May 7, 2008
1956 Mantua Contemporary – $599K
Not sure if this 4/2 contemporary located in Mantua was designed by Ken Freeman. The photos in the listing do not show the front of the house. The back, however, is almost all glass.
May 4, 2008
1965 Split-Level Contemporary in Oak Springs – $469K; Open 5/4
This listing is for a 4/3 split-level contemporary located in Oak Springs (Manor Woods) in Rockville. The subdivision was the first of a string of contemporary communities developed by Miller & Smith in the 1960s and early ’70s. They also built Wessynton, Truro and Drumaldry. Look at all Read More >
May 3, 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
1949 ‘Unit 2’ Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills – $727K; Open 5/4
More Goodman for you. Here’s a listing for one of the earliest homes built in Hollin Hills, a Unit 2, which is a 3/2 one-story slab-on-grade house. Looks good for being almost 60 years old, but seems a bit pricy for the size. Open house 1 to 4 p.m. on 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
Early 1950s Hollin Hills Goodman – $497K, Open 4/26
If you’re heading to the Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour today, you can check out this early 1950s one-level, 3/1.5 Charles Goodman that is open from 1 to 4 p.m. The listing’s images are almost exclusively exterior shots and says it is “waiting for inspired renovations,” so you Read More >
April 26, 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
1955 Raymondale Ranch – $335K
The listing for this 3/1 mid-century ranch in Raymondale in Falls Church says it is a fixer upper and only has one exterior picture. Could this be a preserved mid-century with period details or an example of poorly updated contemporary home? Either way, it is a home on Read More >
April 23, 2008
1970 Scholz MCM in Glenwood Park – $389K
The listing for this 3/3 California contemporary in Glenwood Park in Lanham, which appears to have had little if no updating, says it is a “one of a kind Scholz design” taken from Homes and Garden Magazine.
This looks like a design by Donald J. Scholz, who founded Scholz Homes in Read More >
April 20, 2008
1956 Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Chevy Chase Contemporary – $1.5 Million
The Frank Lloyd Wright comparison in this listing rings true. This 4/3.5 home with pool sits on nearly a half acre in Chevy Chase, just across the D.C. line. See the virtual tour for extensive images.
April 18, 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
Charles Goodman Alcoa Care-Free Home For Sale in Minnesota
Too bad this Charles Goodman Alcoa Care-Free Home is in Minnesota rather than here in D.C. It’s only $575K. How much do you think it would go for here? Listen to an audio tour of the house by journalist and blogger Todd Melby.
Also, check out this great Read More >
April 15, 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
1951 Holmes Run Acres Contemporary – $499K
I like the angled carport and all that glass on the back of this 4/2 in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church located just inside the Beltway. The listing has images.
April 12, 2008
1970 Truro Grandview Contemporary – $632K; Open 4/13
This Grandview in Truro is the largest model in the Annandale neighborhood. The 4/3.5 home has wood cathedral ceilings, expanses of glass along the back of the house and a kitchen that actually fits in with the house–meaning it is devoid of the cliche granite countertops and stainless steel Read More >
April 11, 2008
1956 Mid-Century Split in American University Park – $939K
I like what the owners have done with this mid-century 3/2.5 split-level in American University Park in D.C. They have kept some of the period details and mixed them with some more modern touches. Check out the listing‘s virtual tour for more images.
April 8, 2008
1950 Hollin Hills Goodman – $619K; Open Every Sunday
Here is a listing for a FSBO Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills. The owner is marketing the house as a “hip 50’s modern 1 1/2 levels house in historic Hollin Hills.” The 3/2 house (was a four bedroom; the mater bedroom was expanded) is 1,600 sq. ft. The house Read More >
April 8, 2008
1955 Custom Deigert & Yerkes in Kennsington – $859K; Open 4/6
The open layout, abundance of glass and unusual angles give this custom MCM by Deigert & Yerkes a true atomic age feel. Located in Rock Creek Hills in Kennsington, this 4/3 has a private, low-slung profile from the front which then opens up on the back side of Read More >
April 6, 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
1962 Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park – $409K
A newly listed 4/2 Charles Goodman townhome in River Park in Southwest D.C. As part of Southwest’s urban renewal efforts, Goodman was picked to design River Park’s apartment building complex and townhomes by Reynolds Metal. River Park was designed to display the company’s aluminum building products.
Here’s a good Flickr Read More >
March 30, 2008
Price Drop: New Home, Mid-Century Look – $1.584 Million; Open 3/30
The price on this new home with a mid-century contemporary look has dropped $55,000 since it originally went on the market in October. From the outside, the 4/3.5 home located in Glen Echo Heights in Bethesda reminds me of a Charles Goodman design. It’s open March 30 from 2 Read More >
March 29, 2008
1969 Gardenview in Truro – $599K
This Gardenview model, known for its courtyard entry, also has plenty of glass and an extensive Oriental garden out back. The listing for the 4/3 Truro contemporary has additional pictures under the FeaturedTour button. There are only 11 Gardenview models out of the 156 homes in the Annandale community. Read More >
March 28, 2008
Three Mid-Century Splits in Kemp Mill Estates
I came across three modest, mid-century split-levels in Kemp Mill Estates in Silver Spring. All three feature ample windows on the front of the house. The “front” door, surrounded by glass, is located on the side of the home, accessible via the car port. Each feature cool slanted roof lines.
Two Read More >
March 25, 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
1965 MCM Ranch in Mantua – $699K
This listing is for a ranch on nearly one acre here in Mantua. I like the sidelights around the front door. I also like the front facade of the great room, with its wall of glass surrounded by stone. The pitched gable is reminicient of the homes of Read More >
March 22, 2008
Endangerd: 1967 Redwood MCM in McLean – $935K
Looks like another endangered home on a large lot in McLean. This redwood-clad MCM on nearly an acre located here is being marketed for the “ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ACRE OF PARADISE!” This one appears to be under contract.
March 22, 2008
1957 Moyaone Reserve MCM on 5 Acres – $400K
Here’s a listing for an untocuhed MCM located in Moyaone Reserve. The design of the 3/1.5 home is attributed to Dallas modernist architect Lyle Rowley.
March 20, 2008
1960 I.M. Pei Slayton House in Cleveland Park – $4.25 Million
The I.M. Pei Slayton House I mentioned in this post nearly a year ago is on the market. Pei designed the Cleveland Park home, with its unique three poured concrete vaults, for William Slayton, a friend and colleague at the the Urban Renewal Administration Commissioner. Hugh Newell Jacobsen designed Read More >
March 20, 2008
1951 Chevy Chase Ranch – $949K
Here’s one for the ranch fans out there. This listing is for a 1951 one-level in Chevy Chase located on East-West Highway just east of Connecticut Avenue. Unfortunately, the listing only has a few pictures, so it is hard to get a total picture of the house.
Check out Read More >
March 17, 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
1951 Goodman in Hammond Wood – $569K; Open 3/16
One more Charles Goodman listing for you. This 4/3 is located in Hammond Wood, the Silver Spring-area neighborhood listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s open today from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
March 16, 2008
1950 Hollin Hills Goodman – $499K; Open 3/16
If you’re thinking about buying a Goodman, now looks like a good time to be looking. There are plenty homes for sale throughout his communities in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. This listing is for another one in Hollin Hills. This is the lowest priced home in Hollin Hills I have Read More >
March 14, 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
1953 Hollin Hills Goodman – $569K
Here’s another Goodman. This 3/1 is on Paul Spring Road in Hollin Hills. Click on the listing’s virtual tour button for images.
March 9, 2008
Endangered: 1957 Custom Goodman in McLean – $1.6 Million
A small modern home located on 1.69 acres in Ballantrae Farms, an exclusive neighborhood in McLean. Doesn’t look good. This custom Charles Goodman box-like home raised by pilotis evokes Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, built near Paris in 1930. In the listing, the agent suggests that the property presents a Read More >
March 8, 2008
1951 Goodman in Wheatoncrest – $385K
Here’s a 2/1 Charles Goodman located in Wheatoncrest, where 27 Goodman homes were built. The listing says it has been “tastefully restored,” but shows no interior pictures. Not a good sign.
March 8, 2008
1951 Goodman in Hammond Wood – $529K
This is the way to market a FSBO. The couple looking to sell this 1951 Charles Goodman in Hammond Wood have created an extensive web site to feature their 4/2 home in the Wheaton/Silver Spring-area neighborhood. Hammond Wood is in the National Register of Historic Places. I’ve seen this Read More >
March 7, 2008
1968 McLean Contemporary on 1 Acre – $1.299 Million; open 3/9
Check out the redwood ceilings in this sprawling contemporary located on one acre in the Saigon neighborhood of McLean. I’m less into the kitchen redo and bathrooms, but what else is new. The 4/3 home is open March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
March 3, 2008
1965 Contemporary in Lake Normandy Estates – $799K
I like the open spaces and all the glass around the entryway in this 1965 split-foyer contemporary. The 4/3 home is located in Lake Normandy Estates in Potomac. The listing has plenty of images.
March 2, 2008
1965 Goodman Hickory Cluster Model – $439K; Open 3/16
Here’s an interesting listing: A 1965 Charles Goodman Hickory Cluster model home in Reston. The 3/2.5, three-level townhome is open Sunday, March 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Here’s the address if you plan on heading to the open house.
February 29, 2008
1962 MCM in Silver Spring’s Crest Park – $624K
While Crest Park in Silver Spring might be known for the 25 Charles Goodman-designed homes from the the 1960s, the community located west of New Hampshire Avenue north of Hillandale is also home to modern designs by other architects and builders. I believe this listing, based on a description in Read More >
February 28, 2008
Price Drop: 3/2 Goodman in Hammond Hill – Was $550K; Now $440K
This 1950 Charles Goodman in Hammond Hill in the Wheaton/Silver Spring area has been on the market for more than a year. I first posted this in January 2007 when it was listed at $550K. It’s now listed at 440K. The 3/2 one-level home is one of 20 Read More >
February 26, 2008
1958 Bethesda Contemporary Split Level – $739K
I’m interested in seeing more of this 1958 4/3 split level in Bethesda beyond the listing’s three images. If you feel the same, its open Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. Here’s the address.
February 23, 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
1962 Carderock ‘Parkridge’ Ranch – $845K; Open 2/17
This new listing is for a 3/3 contemporary Parkridge model ranch in Carderock Springs on nearly half an acre. I like the living room with the wall of glass looking out to the backyard. Here is the address if you want to see it Sunday during the open house.
February 16, 2008
1971 Modern on 3 Acres in Clarksville – $800K
Check out this listing for a 1971 modern home on nearly three acres in Clarksville in Howard County. The 5/3.5 home, which sits overlooking the Tridelphia Resevoir in Aintree Estates, is surrounded by glass and has nice wood ceilings. I’m trying to figure out how long my commute would Read More >
February 13, 2008
Endangered: 1953 MCM in Bannockburn Estates – $950K
This MCM home by architect Billy Smull has dropped $300K since November and is now being marketed more for the .82 acre lot located here rather than the home, which has been owned by the same family since it was built in the 1950s. Almost the whole back of Read More >
February 12, 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
1969 Contemporary Split in McLean – $1.195 Million; Open 2/10
I wonder if this late 1960s contemporary on nealry an acre in Woodside Estates in McLean shows better than in the pictures. If anyone goes to the open house today from 1 to 4 p.m. let us know. Here’s the address.
February 10, 2008
Price Drop: Fairfax Modern Drops $300K; Open 2/10
This modern house in Fairfax with indoor koi pond that I first posted in July has dropped by $300K to $950,000. If its in your range now, go see it today (Feb. 10) from 1 to 4 p.m. Here’s the address.
February 10, 2008
1968 New Mark Commons Contemporary – $650K
This listing is for a 1968 contemporary located in New Mark Commons in Rockville. The community, a Planned Urban Development, was developed by Edmund J. Bennett and designed by the mid-century modern architectural firm Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. Bennett and KLC also built Carderock Springs.
“New Mark Commons Read More >
February 9, 2008
Price Drop: 1962 ‘Phoenix’ in Mantua – $775K; Open 2/10
This Phoneix model in Mantua has dropped 24K. It’s open again on Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.
February 9, 2008
1953 MCM Raised Rambler in Tulip Hill – $1.395 Million
I have not seen many homes for sale in Tulip Hill in Bethesda since I’ve been doing the blog. I think there was only one and by the time I got to the open house a contract had been signed. The neighborhood, near Glen Echo Park, has a number of Read More >
February 4, 2008
1963 ‘Clubview’ in Carderock Springs – $769K; Open 2/3
This listing is for what looks to be a very well-maintained 1963 Cubview model in Carderock Springs, the mid-centruy modern community in Bethesda built by Edmund Bennett and designed by Keyes, Lethbridge, and Condon. The nearly 2,000 sq. ft. split-level contemporary has four bedrooms and three baths and sits Read More >
February 2, 2008
1969 Truro ‘Ridgeview’ Contemporary – $660K
Looks like a nice late 1960s contemporary in Truro in Annandale. This 4/3 Ridgeview model features wood ceilings in the living room, lots of windows and two light-colored brick fireplaces that give the home a modern feel. The house, which is located here, also has a nice deck and Read More >
February 1, 2008
Price Drop: 1973 Contemporary in Timberwood of Potomac Drops $40K
The price on this cool contemporary in Timberwood of Potomac has dropped $40K.
January 31, 2008
1961 Contemporary in Bradley Park -$825K; Open 1/27
This listing is for a 1961 contemporary in Bradley Park, dominated by the designs of Ken Freeman. Not sure if this one is a Freeman since it has a different feel from most of the other homes. However, the design definitely fits in with rest of the contemporaries in Read More >
January 26, 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
1959 Rock Creek Woods Goodman – $622K
Here’s a new Charles Goodman listing in Rock Creek Woods, a community that was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The images in the listing are dark so it is hard to get a true sense of the house. Here’s the address.
January 19, 2008
1962 Mantua Flat-Roof ‘Phoenix’ Model – $799K; Open 1/27
Whenever we visit friends that live in Mantua in Fairfax, I drive by this 1962 Phoenix model. (Not sure if Ken Freeman, who designed many of the MCM homes in Mantua, did this model.) With its flat-roof and abundant windows, the home epitomizes mid-century modern style. The home is Read More >
January 12, 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
Price Drop: 1968 Hollin Hills Goodman – $779K
The price on this 4/2 Charles Goodman home in Hollin Hills has dropped again. I first posted it at $825K in the fall and then $799K in early December. The listing has no interior pictures. Here’s the location.
January 11, 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
1954 Hollin Hills Goodman in Need of Work – $579K
This 4/2 Charles Goodman on Rebecca Drive in Hollin Hills needs some work to undo some changes, including a curved archway, those yellow kitchen cabinets and the interesting fireplace in the master bedroom.
January 5, 2008
1965 Goodman Hickory Cluster Townhome – $470K
This 3/2.5 Charles Goodman Hickory Cluster townhome in Reston has been “updated” with what looks like a typical stainless steel and granite kitchen with not so modern cabinets. The townhome is located here.
January 4, 2008