January 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

  • Two for Sale in Holmes Run Acres; Cook Architecture Renovation Coming Soon

    Last Spring, Holmes Run Acres, the National Register of Historic Places-designated neighborhood of nearly 350 homes in Falls Church, was bursting with sales. We are starting to see activity this year amid the still frigid temperatures of winter. There are currently two homes listed for sale and I will Read More >

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    January 29, 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