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October 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 >

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    October 30, 2008

  • Modern Baltimore?

    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 >

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    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 >

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    October 22, 2008

  • A Tour of Southwest

    More than 50 years ago, Southwest D.C. underwent a massive transformation, representing the largest urban renewal project in U.S. history. The project covered 113 blocks, more than 450 acres and led to the relocation of more than 20,000 residents. Amid new development in the area, the question is how Read More >

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    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.

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    October 12, 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 >

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    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 >

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    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 >

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    October 5, 2008

  • Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in London to Meet Wrecking Ball?


    With the United States looking to build a new embassy in London, Eero Saarinen’s massive 1960 concrete and stone building in Grosvenor Square will likely meet the wrecking ball becasue it sits on prime real esate that is estimated to be worth close to $900 million. Peter Wetherell, a Read More >

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    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 >

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    October 2, 2008