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