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
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
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
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
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