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December 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 >

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    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 >

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    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 >

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    December 25, 2008

  • Happy Holidays

    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.

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    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.

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    December 22, 2008

  • Can an ‘Eyesore’ Be Significant?

    Marcel Breuer’s HUD Building
    (GSA photo)

    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 >

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    December 21, 2008

  • Modern Change We Can Believe In?

    The National Museum of American History before renovations.
    (Photo of courtesy of the Smithsonian)

    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 >

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    December 14, 2008

  • Two 1978 Contemporaries in Fairfax County

    Here are two contemporary homes on large pieces of land in Fairfax County. The both have HOA fees.
    1978 4/3 – 729K – This Fairfax Station home sits on 5 acres and has a pool and horse barn. Listing has only one exterior image.
    1978 3/1.5 – $599K – This funky three-level Read More >

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    December 13, 2008

  • Price Drop: Two Forestview Models in Truro

    These listings are for two early 1970s Forestview models in the Miller & Smith-built Truro in Annandale. The bi-level, 4/3 homes feature cathedral wood ceilings in the open living/dining room area. This one is listed at $465K (originally listed at $500K), while this one is down more than $12,000 Read More >

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    December 10, 2008

  • Post Highlights Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods

    The Washington Post highlights Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods in its “Where We Live” column, with writer Andrea Rouda saying that “outstanding architecture doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. … Every resident lives in a work of art, but the average selling price is about $600,000.”
    Goodman, whose architecture Read More >

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    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 >

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    December 5, 2008

  • The Hirshhorn’s History: From Ontario to the National Mall

    Hirshhorn Museum as Envisioned by Philip Johnson/Terence Gower
    (Courtesy of Terence Gower and Sticky Pictures)
    If Joseph Hirshhorn–a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who became known as the Uranium King–had his way, the Hirshhorn Museum and his collection of modern art would be in the wilds of Canada and not on Read More >

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    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 >

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    December 1, 2008