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December 2011

  • 2012 Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour

    Winter just started but I am already looking forward to spring and the 2012 Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour. The biennial tour of the award-winning mid-century modern community will take place Saturday, April 28th, 2012, from noon to 6:00 p.m.  Immediately preceding the tour at 11:00 a.m., Read More >

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    December 21, 2011

  • Modern Mobler New Year Sale

    Heard from Doug Meyers at sponsor Modern Mobler. To help everyone  ring in a modern Near Year,  he will be holding a store-wide sale Dec. 29 through Jan. 1. Everything on the showroom floor is 10% off with lamps enjoying another 10% discount. (This is in Read More >

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    December 20, 2011

  • 50 Years of Saarinen’s Dulles

    The current issue of Washingtonian has a  fascinating piece on the construction and politics behind Eero Saarinen’s groundbreaking Dulles airport terminal that opened 50 years ago this month. Sudip Bose explores the architectural wonder that ushered in the Jet Age in Washington. Despite its beauty, many people wondered: Would this soaring building Read More >

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    December 17, 2011

  • Two Mid-Century Moderns Near Baltimore

    For those looking for mid-century modern homes near Baltimore, you need to check out these two new listings. While some of the interior updates to this 1969 Glen Arm mid-century might not be to the taste of many mcm fans, the flat-roof, cantilevered design should grab your attention. Did I mention it Read More >

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    December 15, 2011

  • Modern Snapshot: Bauhaus WTOP Transmitter Station in Wheaton

    I have driven by the WTOP Transmitter Building in Wheaton too many times to count.  Always rushing somewhere, I never actually got out of the car to take a look and take a picture of this Bauhaus building on University Boulevard that was once featured in Architectural Record. I finally did today Read More >

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    December 11, 2011

  • Are you ‘Sitting on a Small Fortune?’

    The stock market got hit again today, but what about the value of your vintage mid-century modern furniture collection? Check out this CNBC piece examining the booming market for mid-century modern designs. “[I]n the late 1990s, the Internet boom put serious money in the pockets of 20-something programmers and Read More >

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    December 8, 2011

  • Modern Snapshot: Mies’ Crown Hall at IIT

    1961 bust of Mies by Hugo Weber.
    I saw this tweet posted yesterday: (CREATION/DESTRUCTION – S. R. Crown Hall’s interior during finals week at Illinois Institute of Technology) along with this picture. I had a chance to stroll through Crown Hall–designed by Mies in 1956–during a quieter time this Read More >

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    December 6, 2011

  • Price Drop on Bethesda ‘Bauhaus,’ Film on Mendelsohn

    This house from 1939  is not white but it has that Bauhaus feel. It came on the market in August for $995K and is now listed at $850K.  It is on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda. Speaking of Bauhaus, a film about architect Erich Mendelsohn is playing this Sunday as part Read More >

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    December 1, 2011