Mid-Century Modern Foreclosures in Baltimore
Hoping these mid-century modern homes and the people who owned them have a better year in 2011. These foreclosures in and near Baltimore could be opportunities for others in the new year. Here’s a 1958 mid-century with an asymmetrical gabled roof listed for $299K, down from $319K. This house, also from 1958, Read More >
December 31, 2010
Mid-Century Modern in the Sun
I hope everyone is having a good holiday season. I took a holiday hiatus but am back blogging now. As is typical for this time of year, not many new modern listings have hit the market during the past few weeks. I’ll bring you all the latest listings as the Read More >
December 29, 2010
Giving the Gift of the Glass House
Johnson's library/study. Johnson called it an "event" on the landscape.
Are you looking for a gift for the modernist who has everything? The folks at the Philip Johnson Glass House have an idea. Think private tour of the Glass House and then dinner at the Johnson and Mies-designed Four Seasons Read More >
December 18, 2010
Price Drop: Wright’s Cooke House for Sale; $3.75 Million
Wright’s Cooke House features a 70-foot curved great room. Photo courtesy of the owners.
Forget about the snow and think of the beach. Virginia Beach that is. Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century modern Cook House, a hemicycle structure built overlooking Crystal Lake, is now for sale for $3.75 million. I posted an Read More >
December 16, 2010
Corcoran Show Explores Danish Modern Design
If you are craving the warmth of Danish modern design to soothe you in this frigid weather, stop by the Corcoran’s Gallery 31 through Dec. 20 for its show Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design. The show “will explore the correlation between design inspiration and design outcome. Examples of Read More >
December 14, 2010
1956 Mid-Century Modern in Holmes Run Acres – $474K
Here’s a new listing for a 4 bedroom/2 bath mid-century in the National Register of Historic Places-designated neighborhood of Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church. Designed by two of the leading local modernist architects, Nicholas Satterlee and Donald Lethbridge, the home features wood-beamed cathedral ceilings, large Read More >
December 13, 2010
Price Drop: 1961 Mid-Century Capitol Park Townhome – $444K
Capitol Park by Chloethiel Woodard Smith and Nicholas Satterlee in Southwest.
This listing is for a 3 bed /2 bath end unit townhome by Chloethiel Woodard Smith and Nicholas Satterlee in Capitol Park, which was the first and largest development built as part of the urban renewal efforts Read More >
December 12, 2010
1967 Mid-Century Modern on 8+ Acres in Stevenson – $2.95 Million
It’s 30 degrees here in Washington. I wish it was 85 and I was lounging at the pool at this 1967 white-brick mid-century modern in Stevenson, Md. Located here on more than eight acres, the house has 8 bedrooms, 6 baths and 3 half baths. There’s even a Read More >
December 9, 2010
Saarinen’s Soaring Legacy of Dulles Airport
Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia, circa 1963. © Balthazar Korab Ltd.
I wanted to make sure people saw this weekend’s column by architect Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland and long-time Washington Post architecture columnist. Lewis’ column reflects on the Finish Embassy’s recent exhibit Read More >
December 6, 2010
Mid-Century Modern Open House Picks
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. If you are looking for a break from your holiday shopping (please consider checking out Modern Capital’s sponsors), there are new listings that are might be worth seeing. Pictured above is a 1965 flat-roof mid-century modern in McLean with great screen block on Read More >
December 4, 2010
Foreclosure Sale: Hickory Cluster Goodman Townhome; Dec. 7
A Hickory Cluster mid-century modern townhome by Charles Goodman (above) is being sold in a Trustee’s Sale next week. The house (11585 Maple Ridge Rd., Reston, VA 20190) will be sold in a public auction on the courthouse steps at the front of the Fairfax County Circuit Court building Read More >
December 1, 2010
Price Drop: 1953 Mid-Century Modern Row House in Georgetown – $1.299 Million
You don’t see much modern architecture among the 19th Century homes (Georgian, Federal, Victorian) that dominate the Georgetown residential landscape. So if you are looking in Georgetown and want something from the mid-2oth Century and not the 19th, take a look at this 2 bedroom/3 bath brick modern row house Read More >
November 29, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Giving Thanks for Little Modern Details
I look at a lot of houses online and in person. I write about many of them here. In this post, I want to highlight some of the smaller mid-century modern details I have come across during the past several years. Scrolling through the 3,000+ pictures on my phone (all Read More >
November 24, 2010
1960 Vintage Mid-Century Split Foyer in Annandale – $449K
Talk about vintage. Take a look at the original teal kitchen in this mid-century split-foyer time capsule in Panoramic Hills in Annandale. Other vintage touches in this one-owner house listed for $449K include the entrance lighting and bathrooms.
November 21, 2010
Religious Innovation: Saarinen’s North Christian Church
With the Eero Saarinen exhibit running until Nov. 28 at the Finnish Embassy (I hope to go this weekend), I figured it was a good time to finally finish my trilogy on Saarinen’s mid-century modern designs in Columbus, Indiana. All three, North Christian Church, the Miller House and Irwin Union Read More >
November 19, 2010
The Tome for Eames Addicts
If you are an Eames addict and your loved ones are looking for gift ideas for the holidays (I hope my wife reads this), send them a link to this post as a not so subtle hint on a what they can get you. (You can also try to win Read More >
November 18, 2010
1965 Goodman Hickory Cluster Townhome – $395K
When Robert Simon started developing Reston as a modern planned community in the early 1960s, he asked Charles Goodman to design the first set of homes. Goodman designed Hickory Cluster, 90 International-style townhomes nestled into the trees just across the street from Lake Anne. Writing in Housing Washington: Two Centuries of Read More >
November 13, 2010
1953 Butterfly-Roof Goodman in Lake Barcroft – $698K; Open 11/14
More Charles Goodman for you. This listing is for a mid-century modern butterfly-roof in Lake Barcroft. Charles Goodman designed a number of homes in the community, including the the first house to be completed. The 3 bedroom/2 bath house has the original St. Charles metal cabinets favored by the Read More >
November 12, 2010
Charles Goodman on ‘Sexy’ Mid-Century Modern Architecture
I recently picked up a copy of the new book Housing Washington: Two Centuries of Residential Development and Planning in the National Capital Area. The 400-page tome, edited by Richard Longstreth, director of the GW’s graduate program in historic preservation, includes chapters on such topics as Greenbelt, Md., Southwest D.C. Read More >
November 9, 2010
1959 Bethesda Mid-Century Next to Breuer-Designed House – $699K
Brigadoon Drive is a U-shaped street in Bethesda’s Bannockburn neighborhood is chok-full of mid-century modern goodness. This 1959 mid-century is on the market and just dropped from $749K t0 $699K. Feels like a home by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. It just happens to be next door to the the Read More >
November 7, 2010
1952 Cantilevered Mid-Century Modern in D.C. – $985K
This cantilevered mid-century modern tucked into Rock Creek Park just inside the D.C. line was designed by D.C.-based architect David Baker, who studied with Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Baker, who passed away in 1985, designed the house as his personal residence and copyrighted the the design of Read More >
November 6, 2010
1971 New Mark Commons Modern Townhome – $499K
When you spot the totem pole, you know you have made it to New Mark Commons, a mid-century modern oasis not far from the hustle and bustle of Rockville Pike in Rockville. The wooded community, a Planned Urban Development, was developed by Edmund J. Bennett and designed by the modern architectural Read More >
November 3, 2010
Finnish Embassy Highlights Saarinen’s Work in Washington
Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia, circa 1963. © Balthazar Korab Ltd.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Eero Saarinen’s birth year (Aug. 20, 2010), the Finnish Embassy is hosting a free exhibit at the embassy until Nov. 28. The exhibit, “Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation,” is free and open Read More >
October 31, 2010
The Goodman House: A Mid-Century Modern-Victorian Blend
If you did not go out to see Charles Goodman’s home in Alexandria last weekend, it is open again this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. (I’m also doing an open house at my Goodman listing in Rock Creek Woods in Maryland if the asking price of $1.249 million for Read More >
October 28, 2010
1968 Mid-Century Modern in Potomac with Indoor Pool, Conversation Pit – $650K
On a block in Potomac of unassuming 1960s colonials, sits this funky, Asian-inspired 1968 mid-century modern home with a big surprise inside: a large swimming pool in the foyer. It also has a sunken conversation pit. The 3 bedroom/3 bath has the classic elements of an Asian garden with water Read More >
October 26, 2010
Charles Goodman’s House for Sale – $1.249 Million
A 1954 photo by Robert Lautman of Charles Goodman’s renovated farmhouse in Alexandria. Courtesy of the National Building Museum
I have written hundreds of posts about Charles Goodman and his architecture during the past four years. However, I don’t think I have devoted to much space to Goodman’s own home, which Read More >
October 23, 2010
1941 Home by Noted Baltimore Architect w/MCM Addition; $539K
A shot of the mid-century modern addition to the early 1940s house.
Last weekend, I went to see this interesting house located in Ruxton, Md., an area north of Baltimore where the city’s rich would build their country estates. Set on a beautiful 2.15 acre lot filled with trees bursting with Read More >
October 21, 2010
RCKNDY’s 20-Day 20% off Blu Dot Sale
RCKNDY on U Street today is kicking off its 20-day 20 percent off sale on all Blue Dot brand furniture and accessories, including new designs by the Minneapolis-based company. Here’s a look at some of the new offerings by the firm, which was started by three-design focused Read More >
October 20, 2010
Pick Winning Paint for MCM House, Win $250
We have a few submissions for the Modern Capital Paint Picking Contest but we are looking for more. Spread the word to those design enthusiasts you know who would relish an opportunity to win $250. Submissions are due to me at email@example.com by midnight Oct. 24. Here’s the story Read More >
October 19, 2010
1959 Flat-Roof Mid-Century Modern in Lake Barcroft – $798K
This 1959 flat-roof mid-century in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church is back on the market after selling for $740K in April 2008. The listing says there are lake views during the winter from two-level home that has 4,800 square feet and four fireplaces spread over two levels. The Read More >
October 18, 2010
Modernist Rental Getaways
Modernists going on vacation or looking for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway often have a hard time finding the right place to stay. Is Le Corbusier more your style than Conrad Hilton? If it is, check out the webiste, boutique homes, which promotes dozens of modern homes for rent by Read More >
October 15, 2010
1962 Mid-Century Modern by Francis Donald Lethbridge in Bethesda – $699K
Francis Donald Lethbridge, one of the leading modern architects in the D.C. area during the mid-century period, designed this house in High Point in Bethesda. The mid-century neighborhood is located along Massachusetts Avenue, Osceola Road and Onondaga Road. This 5 bedroom/3 bathroom house for sale, which is being sold “as Read More >
October 13, 2010
Win $250: Modern Capital’s MCM Paint Picking Contest
Friends of mine who live in Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods have a dilemma. They bought a Goodman a few years ago and have been doing work on the house. They also have been researching and contemplating exterior paint colors but are stuck. They are looking for the right color Read More >
October 10, 2010
Julius Shulman Day: 10-10-10
View from inside the Stahl House.
Julius Shulman was born 100 years ago today. The legendary photographer, who died last year on July 15 at the age of 98, played an instrumental role in capturing on film the essence and beauty of mid-century modern architecture for all to see and Read More >
October 10, 2010
Open House Picks for Sunday
I'm holding my Goodman listing in Rock Creek Woods open on Oct. 10 from 12-3 p.m.
The price on my Charles Goodman listing in Rock Creek Woods has dropped another $20,000 to $519K. I will be holding an open house this Sunday (Oct. 10) from 12 to 3 p.m. The 5 Read More >
October 7, 2010
DCPL Tour: The Modernist Enclave of Southwest; Oct. 9
The original 1962 Town Center Plaza by I.M. Pei is now the Waterfront Tower condos.
Amid the changing landscape of Southwest D.C., the D.C. Preservation League will be holding a walking tour this Saturday (Oct. 9) of the mid-century modern enclave to celebrate the annual DOCOMOMO Tour Day, which will Read More >
October 5, 2010
Goodman’s Mid-Century Modern Houston House to be Renovated
Charles Goodman's Houston House is getting a $10 million face-lift.
Charles Goodman is most well known for Hollin Hills and Hickory Cluster in Virgina, River Park in Southwest and other mid-century modern communities here in the D.C. area. Similar to his high-rise apartment block in River Park (see below), Goodman also Read More >
October 4, 2010
Price Drop: 1951 Mid-Century Modern in Lake Barcroft; $875K
Look at all the glass in this house in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church. I wrote about this 4 bedroom/3 bath two-story home a few years ago when it was on the market for more than $1 million. It was rented out the past couple years and is now Read More >
September 30, 2010
America’s World’s Fairs: Introducing Modernism to the Masses
U.S. Government Building, Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago 1933-34. Photo by Kauffman & Fabry, Co. Collection of Jim Sweeney.
As the nation was gripped with the Great Depression, the world’s fairs held in six cities across the United States promised a better future for the country replete with cool modern design Read More >
September 29, 2010
Mies’ Mid-Century Modern Condos in Baltimore
I stopped at Modern Capital sponsor Home Anthology on Saturday on the way to the Baltimore Book Festival. I checked out Rob and Nini’s latest finds and got a great tip about a Mies Van der Rohe-designed condo building just north of Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. I had never Read More >
September 27, 2010
$1.5 Million Price Drop on Edward Durrell Stone Modern
Check out the price drop on this Edward Durrell Stone-designed 1939 modern home. Now listed for $6.95 million, down from $8.5 million. Stone, best known (and derided) work in Washington is the 1971 Kennedy Center. He also designed the 1964 National Geographic Building on Read More >
September 24, 2010
1952 Expanded Holmes Run Acres Mid-Century – $599K
This 4 bedroom/2 bath in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church has just been listed for $599K . The listing says the house has been expanded. The kitchen and baths have been updated. In 1951, Eli and Gerald Luria began building modest mid-century homes in Holmes Run Acres modeled after Read More >
September 23, 2010
Price Drop, Open House: My Rock Creek Woods Goodman Listing; $519K
The seller’s recently reduced my Charles Goodman listing in Rock Creek Woods another $20,000 to $519K. I will be holding an Open House Sunday (Dec. 5) from 1 to 4 p.m.
September 20, 2010
Empire State Plaza: Wallace Harrison’s Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece
Our country’s own mini version of the the grand Brasilia can be found in a city–Albany–with a very different climate than the capital of Brazil, which was designed by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Empire State Plaza in the capital city of New York was designed by Read More >
September 19, 2010
1961 Vintage Mid-Century Modern in Pikesville – $590K; Open 9/19
If you are heading to Home Anthology’s Open House tomorrow in Catonsville, Md., you might want to check out this just listed vintage mid-century modern located 12 miles north in Greencourt Hills in Pikesville. The 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home on more than an acre has the original wood built-ins, Read More >
September 18, 2010
Home Anthology Fall Open House This Weekend
Some of the new finds that will be on display at Home Anthology’s Fall Open House this weekend.
Rob and Nini at Home Anthology have been on the road and have scored more than 75 new mid-century modern pieces for your viewing and buying pleasure. You can see all their Read More >
September 16, 2010
A Mid-Century Modern Summer Road Trip
Summer time is for road trips. Cycling. Swimming. And eating lots of ice cream. In my book, seeing mid-century modern architecture is definitely part of the mix as well. So on the family’s recent trek north to Vermont and New Hampshire, we made sure to include some mid-century modern sightseeing Read More >
September 15, 2010
DCPL Preservation Conference to Explore Mid-Century Modern Issues
A detail of the 1972 AIA headquarters designed by TAC. Photo by Greg Braun.
Two panels during the D.C. Preservation League’s upcoming 2010 Citywide Historic Preservation Conference will focus on preserving mid-century modern buildings in the city. The concurrent sessions on Friday, Sept. 24, are entitled “Preservation and Public Opinion” and Read More >
September 14, 2010
1953 Mid-Century Modern in Lake Barcroft for Rent – $3,100/Month
Are you looking to rent a mid-century modern oasis? Take a look at this updated mid-century on a secluded and wooded lot near the beach in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church. The home, which has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an office, has a heated swimming pool and extensive deck, Read More >
September 10, 2010
1970 Updated Mid-Century ‘River’ House in Wessynton – $1.15 Million
This new listing in the mid-century modern community of Wessynton is for a 5 bedroom /3 bath River model, which backs up to Little Hunting Creek. This two-level home, updated with a modern aesthetic and located nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria, was designed by Deigert & Yerkes, one of the Read More >
September 6, 2010
My New Listing: Mid-Century in Rock Creek Palisades; $439K (Sold)
Check out my new listing located here in Rock Creek Palisades in Kensington, MD. This 1955 mid-century was built by Standard Properties, which marketed the easily expandable “contemporary” (this is the term they used at the time) bi-level as the “Home with All the Answers.” The central Read More >
September 2, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Gropius-Designed House in Lake Barcroft
The Walter Gropius-designed house in Lake Barcroft. Photos by Michael Cook.
In my post yesterday, I mentioned a house in Lake Barcroft by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Col. Joseph Barger, the developer of Lake Barcroft, bought the 135-acre lake and surrounding 566 aces for $1 million in 1950. In an effort to Read More >
September 1, 2010
FSBO: 1956 Mid-Century Rambler in Lake Barcroft; $653K
This 1956 4 bedroom/3 bath rambler on .4 acres in Lake Barcroft looks largely untouched if someone is looking to create a retro space. The two-level, side-gabled roof home is a For Sale by Owner. Lake Barcroft has one of the areas largest concentration of mid-century and mid-century modern Read More >
August 31, 2010
1962 ‘Phoenix’ Flat-Roof Mid-Century Modern in Mantua Hills – $699K
I really love these flat-roof mid-century modern homes by Phoenix Builders in Mantua Hill in Fairfax, Virginia. With their flat-roofs, clerestory windows and cool “screen block,” the design epitomizes West Coast mid-century modern style. This home, listed for $699K, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and three patios to take in the array of Read More >
August 29, 2010
Open House Picks: My Goodman, Carderock Springs and Custom Potomac MCM
Open staircase in my listing at 4007 Ingersol Dr. in Silver Spring.
I’ll be holding my listing in Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday for those of you looking for a Charles Goodman in Montgomery County. Check out this copy from Read More >
August 26, 2010
The Disappearing Mid-Century Modern Safeways
One of the mid-century modern “Marina” style Safeway stores in the area will be disappearing. This one on Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive in Wheaton, most likely from the 1960s, will be replaced with with a mixed-used development.
The Marina name comes from the the first Safeway of this design Read More >
August 25, 2010
Mid-Century Modern Office Space: Silver Spring’s Technical Service Park
On the new season of “Mad Men,” Don Draper and the rest of the crew have new digs in the Wallace Harrison-designed Time-Life Building. Anyone looking for their own mid-century office space? I came across Technical Service Park on Linden Lane in Silver Spring a few weeks Read More >
August 24, 2010
1956 Holmes Run Acres Mid-Century – $550K
I’m on the road in Vermont and hope to be heading to Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in a few days so stay tuned for a report. Here’s a new listing for a 4 bedroom/2 bath in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church. In 1951, Eli and Gerald Luria began building modest Read More >
August 18, 2010
Price Drop: 1970 Goodman Mid-Century Modern in Hollin Hills – $765K
Architect Charles Goodman and developer Robert Davenport began the award-winning community of Hollin Hills south of Alexandria in the late 1940s; the last house was built in 1971. This 1970 5 bedroom/3 bathroom home tucked into the trees on Kimbro Street was one of the last to be Read More >
August 13, 2010
1953 Atomic Ranch on 1/2 Acre in Pine Spring – $459K
Pine Spring was designed by some of D.C.'s leading mid-century modern architects.
This three bedroom/two bath ranch in Pine Spring in Falls Church looks mostly untouched, with its side-gabled roof, wood-beamed ceilings, walls of glass, what look to be original kitchen cabinets and vintage lighting fixtures. Looks like the bathrooms have Read More >
August 12, 2010
1978 Deck House in Canaan Valley, WV – $349,800
I recently featured three Deck Houses for sale near in or near Annapolis. If you prefer the mountains to the water, take a look at this 1978 version in the Canaan Valley in West Virginia. The owners are currently looking for interested buyers. The three bedroom/two bath home is Read More >
August 10, 2010
My New Listing: 1959 Rock Creek Woods Goodman — $549K
I’m now listing this Charles Goodman mid-century modern in Rock Creek Woods that I have highlighted on the site. The owners, who have their own site with good information on the neighborhood and local amenities, have dropped the price from $570K to $549K.
August 6, 2010
1951 3/1 Goodman Mid-Century Modern in Wheatoncrest – $329K
The end gable living living room wall of features floor-to-ceiling glass and fireplace.
Here’s another 1951 mid-century modern by Charles Goodman in Wheatoncrest, which includes 27 homes designed by Goodman for developers Paul Berman and Paul Hammond. The 3 bed/1 bath home has nice wood ceilings, new bamboo floors and updated kitchen Read More >
August 5, 2010
Three 1970s Deck Houses Near Annapolis
Three Deck Houses are for sale near the water in Annapolis.
I found three listings for Deck Houses. One is in Annapolis while the two other are on the way to Annapolis from D.C. in Davidsonville. All three sit on one acre plus wooded lots. Deck House, Inc. was founded in Read More >
July 30, 2010
The Mid-Century Modernism of Mission 66
The 1957 Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Photos by Stephen Aserkoff.
It’s hot in D.C and almost August. Congress is preparing for its extended “recess.” With many people planning their escapes (especially those still without power), I thought it would be good to highlight the mid-century modernism of the country’s Read More >
July 28, 2010
1959 Modernized Mid-Century with Atrium in Towson – $675K
This 1959 flat-roof mid-century sits on a wooded acre lot. Photos courtesy of agent Heidi Krauss.
Walls of glass to view wooded acre lot. Check. Flat-roof. Check. Atrium to bring nature in. Check. Updated modern kitchen that actually works with the mid-century style of the house. Check. Three-car garage for your Read More >
July 27, 2010
Modern Capital Snags 2nd Place in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Contest
Modern Capital Snags 2nd Place in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Contest
Michael Shapiro’s mix of vintage and new modern furnishings takes 2nd place in the paper’s ‘Mad Men’ Look contest.
July 24, 2010
Modern Capital’s Pad Places 2nd in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Look Contest
A shot of our cathedral ceiling living room. George Nelson lamp hanging from the 12-foot ceiling and art by Campbell Laird.
‘Mad Men’ meets Modern Capital. Our do-it-yourself interior design helped my wife and me garner second place in the Washington Post’s ‘Mad Men’ look contest that is running in Read More >
July 24, 2010
1979 Ultramodern Contemporary in Forest Hills – $2.695 Million
Walls of glass bring nature into this 1979 Forest Hills contemporary. Photos by Trish Hamilton.
The mid-century modern period for architecture is typically viewed as spanning from 1945 to 1970. While this late 1970s contemporary in Forest Hills in Washington falls outside this strict definition, it is worth taking Read More >
July 23, 2010
Custom Goodman Mid-Century Modern in Martinsburg, WV – $199K
A custom 1954 Charles Goodman in West Virginia.
Your intrepid reporter here drove out to Martinsburg, WV, a few weekends ago to confirm the sighting of a Charles Goodman being sold by the long-time owners. (Hat tip to architect Michael Cook for discovering it on Craigslist.) Pat and Larry Dolecki Read More >
July 20, 2010
1953 Mid-Century Modern in Pine Spring; Other New Listings
Some of D.C.'s leading mid-century modern architects designed the homes in Pine Spring.
Pine Spring in Falls Church is home to 121 modest mid-centuries designed by the local modernist all-star team team of Arthur Keyes, Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Nicholas Satterlee and Francis Donald Lethbridge. Homes in the community were first built Read More >
July 17, 2010
Modern Capital Mad Men Giveaway
With all the excitement building for Mad Men’s fourth season, which begins July 25, I have a giveaway that would fit nicely into your Mad Men collection. If you need to brush up on what happened last season or you have not yet seen the latest between Don and Read More >
July 16, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Mid-Century Cooling in Berkeley Springs
A mid-18th Century place to cool down in Berkeley Springs contrasts with a more modern way seen below.
Berkeley Springs State Park in West Virginia features two mid-century ways to relax and cool off from the summer heat–one is mid-18th Century and the other is mid-20th Century. You can take Read More >
July 14, 2010
RCKNDY’s Gus* Modern Essentials Upholstered Furniture Sale
Gus' Truss chair evokes the lines of Danish modern design.
RCKNDY’s annual Gus* Modern 20 percent off sale on upholstered chairs, sofas, sectional and ottomans kicks off Thursday, July 15 and runs through August 15. Toronto-based Gus creates its furniture strongly inspired by the clean lines of mid-century modern design Read More >
July 12, 2010
1954 Mid-Century with Pool in Chevy Chase – $899K
This house for sale in Dunlop Hills in Chevy Chase is one of my favorite mid-centuries in the neighborhood. I love the cool carport with the stone and slatted screen. The house has been updated and is big. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and a large living-dining area Read More >
July 10, 2010
1961 Condo in Flat-Roof Mid-Century Modern in Petworth – $119K
A 1960s flat-roof condo building in Petworth.
I pass by this 1960s mid-century modern building on North Capitol Street in Petworth quite a bit in my daily travels. I like the flat roof and the glass and blue-paneled stairwell. While it has been updated inside, it still has the original parquet Read More >
July 8, 2010
Home Anthology Anniversary Sale; Open House Pick
My wife and I bought our vintage Eames table and chairs and Paul McCobb credenza at Home Anthology.
Modern Capital sponsor Home Anthology is celebrating its 8th anniversary in business with a sale beginning Saturday, July 3, and running through Sunday, Aug. 1. Head out to Home Anthology’s 5,000 square Read More >
July 2, 2010
The Post’s Mid-Century Modern ‘Mad Men’ Look Contest
The vintage Saarinen Executive Armchairs are the same ones spotted in the Sterling Cooper office.
In anticipation of the upcoming fourth season of Mad Men (can’t wait; I just caught up on DVD) , the Washington Post is looking for photos of readers’ homes that have the style of the Read More >
June 29, 2010
The Miller House: Mid-Century Modernism at its Finest
The 1957 Miller House by Eero Saarinen. Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The second project J. Irwin Miller and Eero Saarinen worked on in Columbus was the Millers’ personal residence, one of the few residential homes Saarinen designed and the second home he designed for Irwin and Xenia. Read More >
June 27, 2010
Open House Picks
Before you head out of the town for the holiday this week, here are some brand new listings that are open on Sunday (June 27). Have fun looking and fun travels for the 4th.
1972 contemporary on 2+ acres in Darnestown – $689K
1957 mid-century in Barcroft Lake Shores in Falls Church Read More >
June 26, 2010
Close Out Sale at the Lacey Modern Condos
I just love the contrast between the old-school, decidedly not modern Florida Avenue Grill and the clean, modern lines of the Lacy condos by Division 1 Architects. There are few units left in the 26-unit concrete, steel and glass complex, which is named after Lacy C. Wilson Sr. and Read More >
June 24, 2010
National Building Museum Event to Explore ‘Hated’ Brutalism
I.M. Pei's 1967 library in Columbus, Indiana, is a brick, boxy structure with exposed concrete ceiling.
Brutalism. Do you love it or hate it? Derived from the French term béton brut (raw concrete), the Brutalist movement in architecture is characterized by a predominant use of raw concrete and brick and blocky Read More >
June 23, 2010
Modern Columbus: Saarinen’s Irwin Union Bank and Trust
Saarinen’s Irwin Union Bank is a Miesien glass pavilion.
As I noted in my previous post about Columbus, the friendship between J. Irwin Miller and Eero Saarinen resulted in three important projects in the city, all National Historic Landmarks with stunning landscapes by Dan Kiley. The Irwin Union Bank and Trust (1954), Read More >
June 22, 2010
Price Drop: 1956 Michigan Park Mid-Century – $399K; Open 8/8
There are 20 or so mid-century ranches in Michigan Park in Northeast D.C. Photo by Tom Lavash.
This listing is for a 4 bedroom/2.5 bath mid-century ranch located in Michigan Park in upper Northeast D.C. The neighborhood has a cluster of mid-century ranches and some custom mid-century modern homes by Read More >
June 21, 2010
1970 Mid-Century Modern with Two Atriums in Fort Washigton – $500,000
It would be nice to spend Father’s Day lounging by the pool or fixing a martini in the wet bar of this 1970 mid-century in Tantallon on the Potomac. Want to play a round of golf? No problem. The 4 bedroom/4 bath, 3,600 square foot one-level home backs up Read More >
June 19, 2010
Modern Capital Tours Modern Columbus
Columbus: A small town packed with significant modern architecture.
“Mediocrity is expensive.” This quote by the late J. Irwin Miller sums up the ethos behind the commitment to serious, high-level architecture and landscaping in Columbus, Indiana, a small city of roughly 40,000 people 40 miles south of Indianapolis. This commitment Read More >
June 18, 2010
1959 Goodman Mid-Century Modern in Rock Creek Woods – $570K; Open 6/20
The view from the glass-walled living room.
If you saw this two-level Charles Goodman when I first posted here, take another look. The owners of this 5-bedroom, 3-bath Goodman in Rock Creek Woods have done some more work, including painting and refinishing the hardwoods. The 76-home community in Silver Spring by Read More >
June 17, 2010
Modernism of the Danish and Finnish Embassies
The Danish Embassy is celebrating its 50 anniversary this year.
As part of last month’s “Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House Day,” I toured the embassies of Denmark and Finland. The 1960 Danish Embassy is the first modern embassy in Washington and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Read More >
June 15, 2010
Joseph Miller-Designed Mid-Century Modern in Kensington – $885K
Joseph Miller-designed mid-century modern in Kensington.
This mid-century modern in Rock Creek Hills was designed by Joseph Miller, a leading area architect during the mid-century period, for the Steinberg family. The sprawling 5 bedroom/2.5 bath home is on .68 acres and has a pool. The pool house mimics the front-gabled Read More >
June 14, 2010
Open House Picks from Columbus
The sign at the Columbus visitor center.
I hope you are following my tour of Columbus on Twitter and Facebook. Had a very unique opportunity to visit Eero Saarinen’s Miller House tonight (more to follow on this) and seeing mid-century modern homes in the area on Sunday Read More >
June 12, 2010
The Modern Mecca of Columbus, Indiana
A collection of Nelson lamps at Hotel Indigo in Columbus.
I’m headed this weekend to Columbus, Indiana, Middle America’s Modern Mecca. The town of 39,000 people located 40 miles south of Indianapolis has dozens of mid-century modern and modern buildings by the world’s leading architects. Think I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Eero Read More >
June 10, 2010
Estate Auction: Mid-Century by Standard Properties in Kensington
This mid-century in Kensington will be auctioned June 10.
Maybe the auctioneer is calling this Standard Properties 1950s contemporary bi-level a colonial because of the added portico. In any event, it is being sold at an estate auction tomorrow (June 10) at 1 p.m. The auction will be at the property, Read More >
June 9, 2010
Rare 1969 Jacobsen “Pod” House in Truro for Rent – $2,950/Month
There are only five Skyview models in Truro.
Here’s an opportunity to rent one of only five Skyview models in the Truro neighborhood of Annandale. The home by Hugh Newell Jacobsen is often referred to as the “pod” house, with Jacobsen’s signature mix of traditional-style roof lines and more modern features Read More >
June 7, 2010
1966 Mid-Century Modern in the Trees of Mohican Hills – $830K
Here’s my latest listing in the Mohican Hills area of Glen Echo Heights in Bethesda. Perched in a peaceful setting of mature trees and lush landscaping, this 1966 mid-century modern is set back from traffic in a secluded cul-de-sac in the neighborhood filled with a variety of modern homes.
The Read More >
June 3, 2010
Goodman Rental in Hammond Wood; $1,995/Month – (Rented)
If you are looking to rent a home by Charles Goodman, check out this 3/1 ranch in Hammond Wood. The renovated home in Silver Spring was done by the award-winning modern architectural firm Cook Architecture, one of Modern Capital’s sponsors. The 1950 house, which is available starting July 1, has a Read More >
June 3, 2010
Post’s Kennicott Takes a New Look at Mies’s MLK Library
The black I-beams of Mies's MLK library in D.C.
If you were away for the weekend, check out Phillip Kennicott’s piece re-examaning Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and its new neighbor that will rise on the adjacent site of the former First Congregational Read More >
May 31, 2010
1951 Goodman in Wheatoncrest – $375,000
The Goodman homes in Wheatoncrest do not have interior load-bearing walls.
This 1951 mid-century modern by Charles Goodman is located in Wheatoncrest, which includes 27 homes designed by Goodman for developers Paul Berman and Paul Hammond. Berman and Hammond originally planned to build 250 homes but the land they purchased–unlike Read More >
May 29, 2010
1961 Mid-Century Modern with Pool in Raymondale – $599K; Open 5/29, 5/30
Raymondale in Falls Church was developed beginning in the mid-1950s.
This new listing in Raymondale in Falls Church evokes the Eichler’s of mid-century California with its slightly pitched front-gabled roof and wall of glass, which flows out to the deck and pool in the backyard. The .66 acre lot backs Read More >
May 27, 2010
1978 Contemporary Post-and-Beam Yankee Farm House – $459K
This custom Yankee Barn House has a rustic, contemporary feel.
A few weeks ago I posted a traditional home in D.C. with a modern addition by famed architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith. (It’s now under contract.) Here’s another home that could work for a couple that has one modernist and one traditionalist. Read More >
May 26, 2010
Modern Snapshot: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensignton
I like the stone and mid-century font of the church sign.
The 1968 St. Paul’s United Methodist Church building in Kensington is the fourth the congregation has had since its founding in 1885. The current mid-century modern sanctuary was built after fire destroyed the previous sanctuary and heavily damaged other buildings, Read More >
May 24, 2010
1956 Lake Barcroft Mid-Century Modern – $789K
A close-up in the open living room.
Located on Barger Drive (named for Lake Barcroft’s developer Colonel Joseph V. Barger), this 5 bedroom/3 bath mid-century modern features a side-gabled roof, wood-beamed ceilings, partial stone facade and updated kitchen that goes with the style of the house.
The carport and stone facade are Read More >
May 21, 2010
Art Deco Society’s Modernism Show and Sale this Weekend
The Art Deco Society of Washington is holding its 27th annual Exposition of 20th Century Decorative Arts this weekend (May 22-23) at the Dulles Expo and Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Expo, which began in 1983 primarily as an Art Deco show, is the nation’s oldest modernism show Read More >
May 21, 2010
Modernism in Washington: A Brief History
Victor Lundy's U.S. Tax Court is one of the MCM buildings highlighted in the study.
If you want a concise history of mid-century modernism in Washington, pull up your favorite Eames chair and read “Modernism in Washington” a 20-page brochure published at the end of last year by D.C.’s Historic Preservation Read More >
May 20, 2010
FSBO: 1965 Butterfly-Roof Goodman in Hollin Hills – $625K
This 1965 3 bedroom/2 bath butterfly-roof by Charles Goodman located in Hollin Hills is being sold by the owners who are asking $625K. Check out the 1960s vintage-inspired exterior color palette–brown, orange, green and yellow.
May 18, 2010
1957 Custom Mid-Century Modern in McLean – $979K; Open 5/16
This largely untouched custom mid-century modern sits on a hilltop on 1.4 wooded acres in Woodside Estates in McLean. Being sold by the original owners, the 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home is a nice mix of redwood, stone and walls of glass. The shot above is one I took of Read More >
May 14, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Brazilian Chancery
The 1971 Brazilian Chancery on Massachusetts Avenue was designed by Brazilian architect Olavo Redig de Campos. The Miesian, floating glass box is currently undergoing interior renovations. Stay tuned for a post highlighting images from the Danish and Finnish embassies from last weekend’s European embassy tour. We never made it Read More >
May 12, 2010
Price Drop: 1954 Charles Wagner MCM in Moyaone Reserve – $330K
A view of the second bedroom.
This listing is for a mid-century modern by Charles Wagner in Moyaone Reserve. The 3 bedroom/2 bath home sits on more than five acres and is being sold “as is” as a “fixer upper.” The price has dropped $50,000 t0 $330K. Moyaone Reserve, is Read More >
May 9, 2010
Exploring D.C.’s Modern Embassies
See the Finnish Embassy on Saturday along with other modern embassies.
Are you ready for another tour this Saturday after exploring Hollin Hills last week? I hope so because this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you have an opportunity to explore the mid-century modern and modern embassies of the Read More >
May 5, 2010
Two New Listings in Hammond Wood
After writing a lot about Hollin Hills, with the recent home and garden tour and the 13 active and under contract listings, it is time to cross the river into Maryland for two listings in a much smaller neighborhood by Charles Goodman, Hammond Wood. The 58-home mid-century modern Read More >
May 5, 2010
It’s Easy Being Green–and Modern
Think of all the energy it would take to knock down this Hollin Hills home and to build a new one.
With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year, D.C. Modern Luxury Editor in Chief Karen Sommer Shallet recently put out a “green” issue (in which Modern Capital Read More >
May 4, 2010
A Glassful of Nature: The 2010 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour
Here are a few shots from yesterday’s Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour, the largest to date with more than 1,300 people exploring the 12 featured homes and gardens. What is most striking about Hollin Hills is the natural surroundings; it is really the star of the show. The architecture Read More >
May 2, 2010
Hollin Hills Ticket Givewaway Winner
Barrel-roof Goodman townhomes in River Park.
Christopher in Charles Goodman’s River Park is the winner of the pair of free tickets to this year’s Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour being held May 1. Here is his submission:
“My favorite mid-century building? My Charles Goodman River Park barrel-roof townhouse. Our little Read More >
April 30, 2010
Win Free Tickets to the Hollin Hills Home Tour
The 2010 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour is this Saturday and Modern Capital is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s event. I am teaming up with another sponsor, Hollin Hills resident Andrew Wilson of Andrew Wilson Design, to offer a pair of free tickets to the Read More >
April 28, 2010
Post: Southwest ‘Takes Turn for the Better’
Charles Goodman's River Park townhomes in Southwest.
The Post’s Lisa Rein has a piece in today’s paper about the revitalization of Southwest. More than 50 years ago, the area underwent a massive transformation, representing at the time the largest urban renewal project in U.S. history. The effort to create Read More >
April 27, 2010
1933 D.C. Colonial with Woodard Smith Modern Addition – 699K; Open 4/27
Smith's open stairway design in the 1970s addition.
This 1933 home could be a good choice for a couple that might not see eye-to-eye on design. A 3 bedroom/2 bath traditional colonial home with a twist: a renovation and modern addition by none other than Chloethiel Woodard Smith, who I Read More >
April 26, 2010
Price Drop: 1965 Ken Freeman in Lake Normandy Estates – $749K
(This dropped to $749K in September 2010). Here is a new listing for a Ken Freeman mid-century modern in Lake Normandy Estates in Potomac. It is listed for $829K and open Sunday (April 25) from 1 to 4 p.m. The four bedroom/three bath home is located here on more Read More >
April 24, 2010
Post Magazine Highlight’s Another Mid-Century Modern
Hugh Newell Jacobsen's 1976 'Three Linked Pavilions.'
Is there a modern revolution taking place in Washignton? Are people rebelling against traditional homes and the McMansionization of the area? For the second time in a matter of months, the Washington Post magazine is highlighting a nicely updated mid-century home by a leading Read More >
April 24, 2010
Two Mid-Century Contemporaries in Mohican Hills
This Japanese-inspired mid-century is listed for $989K.
My custom mid-century modern listing in Mohican Hills in Bethesda is under contract and going to closing, but here are two other mid-century contemporaries on the market in the neighborhood full of modern homes. This four bed/three bath home from 1959 has been totally Read More >
April 22, 2010
Modern Snapshot: LAX’s 1961 Theme Building
Here’s a little taste of West Coast mid-century modernism. The New York Times reported the other day that the effort to repair and stabilize the iconic 1961 Theme Building at LAX is nearly complete after three years and more than $12 million. The space-agey, flying saucer-like structure was Read More >
April 20, 2010
Post Highlights Hollin Hills; Home and Garden Tour May 1
Two weeks before the 2010 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour, the Post ran a featured piece in Saturday’s paper about the award-winning, mid-century modern community south of Alexandria. I like how Nancy McKeon ends the article, which features one of the homes on the tour:
“A lot of those things Read More >
April 18, 2010
Open Houses in Rock Creek Woods
This 5/3 Goodman listed at $585K is open 1 to 4 on Sunday.
While the peak of the neighborhood’s cherry blossoms may have passed, there is still good reason to head to Rock Creek Woods on Sunday (April 18): two open houses. A For Sale By Owner offered at $550K that Read More >
April 17, 2010
Four New Mid-Century Modern Listings in Falls Church
HRA was first developed in 1951 by the Luria brothers.
While Hollin Hills, located south of Alexandria, gets most of the attention as the first and largest mid-century modern community in Virginia, the Falls Church area to the north has a variety of mid-century modern neighborhoods, including Holmes Run Acres, Read More >
April 16, 2010
Modern Capital Makes DC Mag’s Home Hotlist
The March/April issue of DC magazine is the luxury magazine’s Home and Fashion Special, which focused this year on local eco-smart, modern design and preservation efforts. I’m happy to say that Modern Capital made the magazine’s Home Hotlist for my efforts to write about the region’s mid-century modern Read More >
April 15, 2010
Endangered: Mid-Century Modern Goodman on 1+ Acre in Potomac – $675K
I briefly wrote about this Charles Goodman-designed home in Potomac last summer. It quickly went under contract when it was listed; it is now back on the market. The listing says the “value is in the land, renovate or tear down.” Will a mid-century modern aficionado buy this or will Read More >
April 12, 2010
Nationwide Open House Weekend
Hugh Newell Jacobsen's 1976 'Three Linked Pavilions'
With the National Association of Realtors (I am a member) promoting Nationwide Open House weekend, I did a MRIS search and found 90 open houses for Sunday (April 11) in D.C. and the immediate surrounding suburbs listed under the “contemporary” category. From these Read More >
April 10, 2010
Modern Snapshot: The National Arboretum’s Administration Building
I found my new favorite mid-century modern spot in D.C.: The National Arboretum’s Administration Building and Visitor Center. The 1963 building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by Albert G. Mumma Jr. of the architecture firm Deigert & Yerkes, the modern team responsible for Wessynton Read More >
April 8, 2010
Back on the Market: 1965 Hillside Hollin Hills Goodman – $874K
This 5/2 Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills is back on the market. It was listed for $949K in June 2008. It is now listed for $874K. The house was built for the original owners here on .6 acres 100 feet up a hill from the road. It was a site Read More >
April 6, 2010
Modern Capital Makes DC Magazine’s Home Hotlist
DC magazine’s Home Hotlist
Modern Capital makes DC magazine’s latest Home Hotlist. “Check out Michael Shapiro’s blog, a useful resource for researching mid-century homes,” the magazine recommends.
April 4, 2010
Two 1970s Deck Houses in Fairfax, McLean
With spring finally here, take a look at these two 1970s contemporaries by Deck House. Both are on large lots with plenty of surrounding nature. This one on .75 acres in Mantua in Fairfax is from 1979 and is listed at $799K. This one in McLean was built Read More >
April 4, 2010
Cherry Blossoms and Modernism
If you want to enjoy the weather this weekend, see the cherry blossoms before they disappear and see some modern architecture for good measure, you may want to head to Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring (map). The community by architect Charles Goodman and builders Herschel and Marvin Blumberg has dozens Read More >
April 2, 2010
1950 International-Style in Martinsburg, W. VA. – $895K
If you are looking for a modern retreat not far from D.C., put this interesting International-style home in Martinsburg on your list. I found this house listed in the back of Preservation magazine. The listing says the 6 bedroom/6 bath, 6,500 square foot home was built for a local mill owner around Read More >
March 31, 2010
FSBO: 1959 Rock Creek Woods Goodman
The owners of this 5-bedroom, 3-bath Charles Goodman in Rock Creek Woods are looking for interested buyers to make an offer on the 1959 home, which is located at 4007 Ingersol Dr. The 76-home community in Silver Spring by Goodman and builders Herschel and Marvin Blumberg is on the National Register Read More >
March 29, 2010
Price Drop: 1975 Modern on 5 Acres in Clarksville – $1.25 Million
In reviewing some of the more interesting homes I have written about the past year, I found that this custom modern in Clarksville is still on the market and down from nearly $1.3 million. Designed and built by the current owners, the 1975 home is located on five acres and Read More >
March 26, 2010
Victory Lundy’s MCM U.S. Tax Court
The Hall of Justice in Victor Lundy’s U.S. Tax Court.
The U.S. Tax Court by Victor Lundy (designed in 1965; built in 1974) is an intriguing mid-century modern building. As you are rushing to work, you can easily pass the blocky-glass-walled sides of the building without taking too much notice. But Read More >
March 25, 2010
Ultra-Modern Robert Gurney-Designed Condo – $2.495 Million
Walking down H Street near Chinatown, you may be tempted to head to Chinatown Coffee Co. The shop, located in a 100-year-old building, has good coffee and a minimalist, modern interior designed by local award-winning modern architect Robert Gurney. What you might not know as you are sitting there Read More >
March 16, 2010
Three More New Listings in Hollin Hills
Listings are sprouting like spring flowers in Hollin Hills.
It’s that time of year. New listings are sprouting up in Hollin Hills like spring flowers. The mid-century modern community by Charles Goodman also is featured in the new issue of Modernism magazine in a piece by architect John Burns, FAIA, and landscape architect Dennis Read More >
March 14, 2010
Rare 1965 “Atrium” in Carderock Springs – $975K
The open-air atrium sits in the center of the home's top floor.
The 1966 September issue of House and Garden picked the Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon “Atrium” design to be its House of Color. The house is a flat-roof, two-level home with the main floor rooms forming a U around Read More >
March 12, 2010
Modern Snapshot: The Inn of Rosslyn
I’ve driven by The Inn of Rosslyn on Route 50 many times, but never seemed to have time to actually stop to take pictures. I finally did the other day so here are a few shots of the former Motel 50, built by William D. Green in 1957. The mid-century Read More >
March 11, 2010
Mid-Century Modern Parking
The slat-enclosed raised parking area in the Bender Building.
The boom in post-World War II car production in the United States created a unique design challenge. Where are all those cars going to go when people were not driving them? The National Building Museum is currently hosting the first major exhibition Read More >
March 9, 2010
Exploring Hollin Hills; Two New Listings
The snow is disappearing. Temperatures are warming. Gardens will be blooming. With spring approaching, it is a good time to tour Hollin Hills, the award-winning a modernist development by architect Charles Goodman and developer Robert Davenport. There is plenty of upcoming opportunity to explore the 450-home community south of Read More >
March 5, 2010
Price Drop: 1966 Custom MCM in Bethesda – $985K
Slate flooring is used to connect indoors with the outside.
The price on my listing for this custom Harold Esten-designed mid-century modern in Bethesda has been reduced $90,000 to $985K.
The neo-classical pavilion is set back on a 1/4 acre mature-treed lot in desirable Mohican Hills. Lovingly cared for by Read More >
March 3, 2010
New Listings Roundup: Rockville and McLean
Here’s a quick roundup of three new listings fresh on the market. As I like to say, if you scratch below the surface of the real estate market here in Washington you’ll keep finding mid-centuries that you have not seen before. The one in McLean even looks like an Eichler. Read More >
March 2, 2010
Josef Albers Retrospective at the Hirshhorn
Josef Albers’ “Glow” (1966). From the Hirshhorn's collection.
On my recent visit to Tel Aviv, as I was strolling along the streets taking pictures of some of the 4,000 Bauhaus buildings and visiting the city’s Bauhaus Center, I marvelled at the impact the Bauhaus school has had on modern architecture, Read More >
March 1, 2010
1978 Deck House in Reisterstown on 2.37 Acres – $454K
One version of the classic Deck House. The listing featured here has a garage rather than a carport pictured above.
This listing looks like a late 1970s prefab Deck House. Deck House, Inc. was founded in 1959 by William Berkes, a pioneer in post and beam building systems. The Deck House Read More >
February 25, 2010
1956 Mid-Century in Lake Barcroft – $699K
This 4/3 mid-century is located in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church. The listing only has one exterior image but the description says the house has a wood deck and hot tub to go with the beach-like setting.
Lake Barcroft has one of the areas largest concentration of mid-century modern homes, Read More >
February 24, 2010
Post Magazine Highlights Mid-Century Modernism in D.C.
Still getting over some jet lag from my trip overseas, but the Post magazine’s extensive cover story this past weekend has helped perk me up. The effort to highlight mid-century modernism here in Washington got a nice boost with Annie Groer‘s piece about the updating of the home Read More >
February 22, 2010
Modern Capital Part of DC’s “Mod Squad”
Washington Post Magazine
Modern Capital is highlighted as part of D.C.’s “Mod Squad” of local resources for MCM fans.
February 19, 2010
Modern Capital’s New Home
Welcome to Modern Capital’s new home, moderncapitaldc.com. The goal of the redesign is to allow for an easier-to- navigate site and thus a richer experience for you, the site’s readers. I want to first thank my brother, Daniel Shapiro, an artist in Pittsburgh, for his original Modern Capital logo Read More >
February 19, 2010
1970 ‘Pod’ House in Reston – $710K
This 5/3 late 1970 contemporary located in Reston evokes Hugh Newell Jacobsen’s Skyview model in Truro in Annandale. Jacobsen’s design, with its soaring wood cathedral ceiling in the living room, is commonly referred to as the “pod” house.
February 17, 2010
Modern in the Middle East
It’s midnight here in Jerusalem and I need to go to sleep, but wanted to urge you to check out my twitter feed for some more images of some of the mid-century modern architecture here in Israel. The above shot is Read More >
February 15, 2010
Modern Capital’s Den Makeover
Being in the house since Friday except for a brief escape on Tuesday, my wife and I have been spending a lot of time in our den catching up on episodes of “Mad Men.” After several years, the space is finally at a point that Read More >
February 10, 2010
1962 Crest Park Mid-Century – $515K
This 4/3 mid-century with extensive landscaping is located in Crest Park subdivision within Hillandale in Silver Spring. The neighborhood, which contains 25 Charles Goodman homes, is located off of New Hampshire Avenue across from the former White Oak Naval Weapons Center. This home may be by Patterson Read More >
February 9, 2010
Modern Snapshot: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria
When my family and I were driving down to Florida in December, a closure of the ramp to 95 South off the Beltway took us on a little detour along Franconia Road where I quickly pulled over to take some shots of St. John’s Read More >
February 9, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Custom Crafters Sign in Kensington
February 8, 2010
1967 Manor Woods Mid-Century – $439K
This new listing is for a 5/3 late 1960s mid-century in Manor Woods in Rockville. The subdivision was the first of a string of “contemporary” communities developed byMiller & Smith in the 1960s and early ’70s. They also built Wessynton, Truro and Drumaldry.
February 8, 2010
FSBO: James Rose Organic Modern on 9 Acres Near Owings Mills – $875K
Leading modern landscape architect James Rose designed this organic modern homage to Frank Lloyd Wright on nine acres near Owings Mills and Reisterstown, north of Baltimore. See images here.
February 6, 2010
More Morris in Miami
If you have read this blog for some time, you know I am no fan of the snow and cold. So here are a few more shots from Lincoln Road, the mid-century open-air pedestrian mall by MiMo master Morris Lapidus. Lincoln Road is celebrating Read More >
February 6, 2010
Cook Architecture’s Split Level Resolve House I
The “before” picture.
In introducing Modern Capital sponsor Cook Architecture back in October, I mentioned one of the firm’s current projects: turning a standard mid-century split-level colonial that sits on a Virginia golf course (see above) into a dramatic, modern space. With work well Read More >
February 4, 2010
Last Chance to Submit for DCPL’s 2010 Most Endangered Places List
Tomorrow is the last day to get in your nominations for the D.C. Preservation League’s 2010 list of Most Endangered Places. Any MCM buildings you think should be nominated? Selections will be announced in May. Click here for more info.
February 4, 2010
2010 Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour – May 1
February 2, 2010
More MiMo Amid the Snow
After the snow this weekend and with the frigid temperature, I figured everyone could use a little bit more from Miami. Here’s my earlier post on the work of Miami Modern (MiMo) master Morris Lapidus, who designed townhomes in Southwest, the Capitol Skyline Hotel and and the Read More >
January 31, 2010
1957 California Contemporary in Dunlop Hills in Chevy Chase – $964K
Here’s a listing for 5 bedroom/ 3 bath home with a California contemporary vibe. It is located in Dunlop Hills in Chevy Chase. The neighborhood, right off Beach Drive south of East-West Highway, is filled with mostly mid-century and mid-century modern homes, including Read More >
January 30, 2010
The Architecture of Harold Esten, FAIA
When I recently sat down with architect Harold Esten, I asked him why he thought mid-century modern architecture was experiencing a renaissance. He said the architecture is “good basic design” that “wears well.” Esten, who designed the 1966 house in Mohican Hills Read More >
January 28, 2010
RSVP Today: Tour of Victor Lundy’s U.S. Tax Court – Feb. 27
The D.C. Preservation League (DCPL), as part of its DC Modern programming, and the General Services Administration (GSA) will host a rare tour of Victor Lundy’s U.S. Tax Court from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27. Read here for costs and how Read More >
January 26, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Former Hine Junior High School
January 25, 2010
Just Listed: 1968 Custom Chloethiel Smith Contemporary – $1.128 Million; Open 1/24
This late 1960s contemporary in Dover Balmoral Riverwood in North Arlington was designed by Chloethiel Woodard Smith, one of D.C. leading modernist architects. Located here on a 1/2 acre the 4 bedroom/3 bath homes has nice soaring wood ceilings. The house is open from 1 to 4 on Read More >
January 23, 2010
1964 Mid-Century Bi-Level in Crestwood – $749K
Here’s a new listing for a 1964 mid-century bi-level in the Crestwood neighborhood in Northwest Washington. The neighborhood, located between 16th Street and Rock Creek Park, has a good variety of mid-century modern homes as well as other styles. I like the large panels of glass surrounding the Read More >
January 21, 2010
New Listing: 1953 Goodman in Hollin Hills – $749K
Following up last night’s post about Hollin Hills with a new listing in the mid-century modern community south of Alexandria. This 4 bedroom/2 bathroom, tw0-level home by Charles Goodman has been on the market for five days. Love the second floor living room with that wall of Read More >
January 19, 2010
A Mid-Century ‘Revolution’ in Hollin Hills and Beyond
A flat-roof Goodman design in Hollin Hills.
Hollin Hills gets a little love in this blog post by the folks at Build, an architecture firm in Seattle. The post highlights “5 neighborhoods in the United States that share a common aesthetic, create an intentional Read More >
January 18, 2010
Just Listed: 1967 ‘Meadow’ Model in Wessynton – $610K
This new listing in the Wessynton community of Alexandria is a 5/3 Meadow model, a nearly 70-foot-long, 2,500+ square foot space with ample windows to view the natural surroundings and fireplace room divider between the dining room and living room. This four-level home, Read More >
January 17, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Charles Goodman’s Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Charles Goodman designed three mid-century modern churches in the area — one each in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington was the last of the three area churches, completed in 1964. An addition (see image below) to the church Read More >
January 14, 2010
Price Drop: 1965 Goodman Hickory Cluster Townhome – $299K
January 12, 2010
Short Sale: 1952 Butterfly-Roof Goodman in Hollin Hills – $495K
This butterfly-roof by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills is now approved for a short sale. The 3 bedroom/2 bathroom updated house has been on-and-off the market the last several years and has served as a rental the past year. The listing has no Read More >
January 11, 2010
Guest Blogging @ Vastu’s Design Clique
A flat-roof MCM by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills.
Vastu’s always informative blog, Design Clique, has focused on mid-century modern design this week. Check out my guest post dispelling the conventional wisdom that the D.C. area has no mid-century modern homes and that people into modern Read More >
January 8, 2010
Price Drop: Custom Harold Esten MCM in Bethesda – $1.075 Million; Open 1/10
The house shortly after it was built in 1966.
The Gazette this week has a nice feature on my listing of a custom Harold Esten-designed home located in Bethesda’s Mohican Hills neighborhood. Writer Carrie Madren captures the unique features of the mid-century modern Read More >
January 7, 2010
Just Listed: 1960 Rock Creek Woods Goodman – $599K
This 5 bedroom/3 bath Goodman in Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring was just listed after being on and off the market for the past couple years, including time as a rental. If you were away last week and missed the Washington Examiner story on the mid-century modern enclave by Read More >
January 4, 2010