September 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 >

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    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 >

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    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 >

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    September 20, 2008

  • Hollin Hills, Holmes Run Acres Via Flickr

    Here are two nice Flikr groups showcasing Hollin Hills and Holmes Run Acres to join–or just to view.

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    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:
    VirginiaD.C.MarylandCaliforniaNew York
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    September 18, 2008

  • Exhibit: Oscar Niemeyer at 100

    Niemeyer’s Brasilia

    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 >

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    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.

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    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 >

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    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 >

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    September 11, 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 >

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    September 6, 2008