• Event: A Portrait of Le Corbusier

    Le Corbusier was designing super-efficient housing seen in today’s trend of micro-apartments, but 60 years ago. This is Unite d’Habitation in Nantes-Reze. Photo by Anthony Flint.
    As part of its Portraits in Design series, the National Building Museum on January 11 will explore the work and life of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better Read More >

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    December 15, 2014

  • Contemporaries in New Mark Commons in Rockville

    The modernist  totem pole marks the entrance to New Mark Commons, a mid-century modern oasis not far from the hustle and bustle of Rockville Pike. The wooded community, a Planned Urban Development of single-family homes and townhouses, was developed by Edmund J. Bennett and designed by the  modern architectural firm of Keyes, Read More >

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    December 9, 2014

  • Finnish Embassy Turns 20

    Finnish Embassy is the first LEED-certified embassy in Washington.
    Happy birthday to the the Finnish Embassy, which turned 20 this month. Located on Massachusetts Avenue across from the Naval Observatory, it is the first LEED-certified embassy in Washington. The embassy was designed by Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen and opened in 1994. Read More >

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    November 25, 2014

  • Modern Capital Pine Spring Renovation Is Post ‘House of the Week’

    Washington Post: House of the Week
    The Post highlights our Pine Spring renovation as ‘House of the Week’

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    November 21, 2014

  • Charles Goodman-Designed Church Deemed Historic

    The Charles Goodman-designed Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register, Preservation Arlington announced. The 1964 church is being recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  “Carved out of its site’s sloping landscape, the two-story Sanctuary features pre-cast concrete construction, a Read More >

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    November 6, 2014

  • Mies’ Highfield House in Baltimore Marks 50 Years

    Mies van der Rohe’s Highfield House in Baltimore this weekend marked 50 years since it opened its doors to residents. Seems like the more traditional-minded neighbors did not approve when it was originally built. The condo (it was originally apartments) building just north of Johns Hopkins Read More >

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    October 27, 2014

  • Modern Snapshot: Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, N.J.

    Summer is over but the Washington Post Travel section is hanging on with its review yesterday of the “Doo Wop” style Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, N.J. The mid-century modern motel was purchased in 2004 by Carolyn Emigh, an Arlington lawyer and her partner George Miller. The motel, which Read More >

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    September 29, 2014

  • Open Houses in Truro, New Mark Commons and More

    Here’s a round up of some open houses for tomorrow (Sunday, Sept, 14), including three in Truro in Annandale that are all open from 1 to 4 pm. My real estate partner Sean Satkus is holding an open at our 1971 Forestview model listed at $599K. Read More >

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    September 13, 2014

  • Modernist Townhomes by Goodman, Smith

    Charles Goodman and Chloethiel Woodard Smith both contributed to the design of two differnt modernist experiments in the DC area back in the 1960s. One was the massive urban renewal effort of Southwest DC and the other was Robert Simon’s idea of an urban village on fomer farmland in Reston. Read More >

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    July 25, 2014

  • Docomomo Meeting Thursday @ the Capitol Skyline

    Come check out the Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline Hotel, have a drink, meet other modernists and discuss local preservation efforts at the next meeting of Docomomo DC. The meeting is this Thursday, July 24, from 6 to 8 pm in the hotel’s District Lounge next to the pool. The hotel is Read More >

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    July 22, 2014

  • Modern Snapshot: The Primary Day School in Bethesda

    Featured in Progressive Architecture in 1958, the Deigert & Yerkes designed Primary Day School in Bethesda opened in 1955. The stark white, sprawling hexagonal design with touches of–how appropriate–primary colors is hard to miss if you are driving on south on River Road from the Beltway.

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    July 15, 2014

  • Mid-Centuries in Potomac Overlook, Holmes Run Acres

    We have seen a bit of a slow down in the number of listings coming on as we head toward the July 4th holiday but here are a couple for you. This renovated mid-century modern in Potomac Overlook just came on and they are looking for offers by Friday. It Read More >

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    June 25, 2014

  • Midwest Modern Road Trip

    It’s summer, so time for a good old road trip. The Wall Street Journal has a short piece highlighting the plethora of mid-century modern and modern architecture between Cleveland and Chicago. “Thanks to preservation efforts and the museum-building boom of the past decade, America’s hot zone for Read More >

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    June 17, 2014

  • Ken Freeman Designs in Bethesda, Rockville

    Ken Freeman was a New York clothing designer who moved his family to Maryland in the 1960s to become a real estate developer. He briefly worked with his brother Carl M. Freeman, who introduced the “California Cottage” to East Coast when his company built an award-winning community in 1947 in Carole Highlands, Read More >

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    June 4, 2014

  • Exploring the Pre-Fab Designs of Blu Homes

    If you are thinking about a pre-fab modern home, Modern Capital sponsor Blu Homes has a couple local opportunities to explore the firm’s designs. The company, based in Vallejo, CA,  focuses on green homes with foldable steel-frames that allow for easy transport and open floor plans. If you are out by the water Read More >

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    May 23, 2014

  • From the Archive: The Gropius House

    To mark Walter Gropius’ birthday (May 18, 1883) I thought I would pull this post out from the archive. When Gropius first came to the United States in 1937 to teach at Harvard, he and his wife rented a Colonial in Lincoln, Mass. Thankfully, philanthropist Helen Storrow provided Gropius with Read More >

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    May 19, 2014

  • Preservation Magazine Recaps Hollin Hills Tour

    If you were not able to make it out to the recent Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour, Preservation magazine managing editor Meghan Drueding has a brief recap. On a beautiful spring day, more than 900 visitors toured through the National Register-designated mid-century modern community built by Robert Davenport and architect Charles Goodman. Read More >

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    May 13, 2014

  • Appreciation: Harold L. Esten, FAIA

    Sad news to report. Harold Esten, FAIA, one of Washington’s leading modernist architects, passed away in February at the age of 94. I was lucky to meet with Hal and his wife Alice before they moved to California to be closer to family. I was honored to list their house Read More >

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    April 28, 2014

  • Reminder: Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour May 3

    Hope everyone had a good Easter and Passover. I wanted to remind you that the May 3 Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour is fast approaching. Make sure you buy your tickets now if you have not done so already. Beyond the main event of touring 10 homes and gardens, tour Read More >

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    April 22, 2014

  • A ‘Mad Men’ Peek into the Time & Life Building

    While the promos and articles about the new season of Mad Men focus more on the action in Los Angeles, I thought this Time magazine peek into the Time & Life Building in good old New York was a nice way to celebrate the return of Read More >

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    April 13, 2014

  • Design Destination: Tour the Danish Embassy

    Danish mid-century design is hot. You can get a taste of it right here in Washington by touring the Danish Embassy on May 10 as part of the EU’s open house day.
    The 1960 Danish Embassy is the first modern embassy in Washington. It was designed in 1947 by Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen and Read More >

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    April 9, 2014

  • MCM Pocket in McLean

    Chilton Court is a cul-de-sac of mid-century modern homes just off Old Dominion Drive in McLean. Seven of the homes retain their mid-century modern exterior while one of the home has been altered. While I’m not sure who designed the homes, which are in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, the mostly post-and-beam Read More >

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    March 28, 2014

  • It’s Official: Docomomo DC Recognized; Meeting This Thursday

    Philip Johnson’s 1958 University of St. Thomas in Houston. Photo by Tom Jester.
    After several years of discussions and planning efforts, Docomomo DC has been recognized as an official chapter of Docomomo US.  The application for formal chapter status was approved by Docomomo US’s Board at the Read More >

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    March 26, 2014

  • Area Mid-Century Vacation Homes

    It’s spring–at least that is what the calendar says–so it is time to get out of the house, explore and get ready for summer. I thought I would post some mid-century homes not too far from DC that could be nice weekend retreats — or full time residences if you Read More >

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    March 24, 2014

  • Redevelopment Ready to Hit Southwest Waterfront

    The major redevelopmet of Southwest DC’s waterfront is slated to kick off later this month. (See the recent Washington Post piece here.) More than 50 years ago, Southwest  underwent a massive transformation, representing at the time the largest urban renewal project in U.S. history. The effort to create Read More >

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    March 11, 2014

  • Take Action: Help Save the Wheaton Youth Center


    A Feb. 25 Montgomery County Council public hearing on the early 1960s Wheaton Youth Center may be the last time for supporters to make a pitch to save the building from demolition. Montgomery County would like to demolish the building and construct a new library/recreation center facility on an adjacent parcel. Read More >

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    February 19, 2014

  • Next Docomomo DC Chapter Meeting Feb. 20

    This year is an important one for our efforts to finally establish a DC chapter of  Docomomo US.  As the DC chapter formally gets off the ground, we will need your help to make it a success. Now is the perfect time to get involved and Read More >

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    February 12, 2014

  • Exhibit: The Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley

    Dan Kiley at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.Photograph courtesy Aaron Kiley.
    Dan Kiley, one of the most influential modernist American landscape architects, worked with the giants of modernist architecture: Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Louis Kahn and Gordon Bunshaft. Locally, he partnered with the likes of Read More >

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    February 5, 2014

  • Examining the Eames @ the National Building Museum

    Want to learn more about how and why Charles and Ray Eames had such an important impact on modern design? The design duo will be highlighted as part of the museum’s  upcoming Portraits in Design lecture on Saturday, Feb. 15, by Patricia Kirkham, professor at the Bard Graduate Center. Kirkham will examine Read More >

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    January 30, 2014

  • Living in a Goodman Alcoa Care-free Home

    During the past several years, I have written about a number of the two dozen Charles Goodman-designed Alcoa Care-free Homes that were built around the country, including the one in Richmond (pictured above) and the one in Miami. I just came across this piece by a woman who grew up Read More >

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    January 21, 2014

  • Finalists to Present MLK Library Ideas

    Happy Martin Luther King Day. I thought it was appropriate to give an update on the expected renovation and modernization of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in DC. In late December, three architecture teams were selected as finalists to present plans for the library. Read More >

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    January 19, 2014

  • Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park

    In the 1956 book “Aluminum in Modern Architecture,” published by Reynolds, Charles Goodman discussed how he was working on aluminum, rather than wood, to hold his walls of glass. “With glass, the only thing we’re using the surround for is to hold the glass in place. I don’t see any Read More >

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    January 15, 2014

  • Metro Wins 2014 AIA 25-Year Award

    While Washington’s Metro has its share of problems as anyone who has ridden it knows, its stunning yet simple brutalist design by Harry Weese still stands the test of time and is a true architectural symbol here in the nation’s capital. The mid-century modern design has now garnered Read More >

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    January 12, 2014

  • Lost: Rockville’s ‘Pink Bank’ Building

    The “Pink Bank” in Rockville at 255 N. Washington St. will be no more. Work has started to take down the 1964 former Suburban Trust Bank building. Despite the city’s Historic District Commission’s recommendation that the building be spared and that a historic designation process be allowed to begin, the Rockville City Read More >

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    January 5, 2014