November 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 >

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    November 30, 2008

  • Redeveloping Reston

    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 >

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    November 29, 2008

  • WSJ Highlights Modern Addition in Potomac

    A Wall Street Journal story about modern additions highlights one by Mark McInturff to the Stein-Miller House in Potomac. I think I have driven by this house in the Timberwood of Potomac neighborhood. The original house looks like an early 1970s Matthews and Schwartz model near this one Read More >

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    November 24, 2008

  • Two MCM Foreclosures in Holmes Run Acres

    Here are two foreclosures in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church.
    1959 5/2.5 – $408K – Open today from 12 to 3 p.m.
    1956 4/2 – 397K – This listing has no images.

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    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 >

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    November 22, 2008

  • Dwell Does D.C. and Baltimore

    There’s an interesting piece about D.C. in the latest Dwell. Highlighted in its Detour column, Washington is described as “not all political wonks and Masonic conspiracies: It’s also a highly walkable city, its diagonal avenues wide open to modern design.” That’s great, but the piece, which is mainly an Read More >

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    November 17, 2008

  • Free Vintage 1950s Wall Oven on Craigslist

    Anyone looking for a vintage 1950s wall oven? This one is free.

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    November 16, 2008

  • Modern Snapshot: Advent Lutheran Church in S. Arlington

    Located here in South Arlington, the Advent Lutheran Church was originally built in 1948. It looks like the congregation is examining options of what to do with its flat-roof education wing. “Advent Lutheran Church is in the process of assessing the condition of its 60 year-old Read More >

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    November 15, 2008

  • Event: DCPL to Host Evaluating Modern Discussion PAHO Building

    The D.C. Preservation League will host a panel discussion Nov. 20 on the designation and future preservation of modern buildings and sites in Washington. The discussion, the the second event of the DCPL’s D.C. Modern fall program, will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pan American Read More >

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    November 10, 2008

  • The Influence of Niemeyer’s Brasilia

    (This post was written by Modern Capital reader Rob King, a graphic designer in Washington.)
    Washington’s Art Museum of the America’s recently staged an excellent exhibit on world-renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, best known for designing the modernist city of Brasilia. Built on empty fields in the early 1960s, Brazil’s capital Read More >

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    November 5, 2008

  • MCM Architect William ‘Billy’ Smull Dies at 87

    William “Billy” Smull
    William Smull, 87, a pioneering post-war modern architect who designed homes in Bannockburn, Lake Barcroft and Northwest D.C., passed away Oct. 4 at the Hebrew Home in Rockville.
    During the late forties through the mid-fifties, Mr. Smull was active in the contemporary architecture movement, designing homes throughout Read More >

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    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 >

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    November 2, 2008