January 18, 2010 Charles Goodman, Hollin Hills Virginia

A Mid-Century ‘Revolution’ in Hollin Hills and Beyond

A flat-roof Goodman design in Hollin Hills.
Hollin Hills gets a little love in this blog post by the folks at Build, an architecture firm in Seattle. The post highlights “5 neighborhoods in the United States that share a common aesthetic, create an intentional environment and establish a sense of place.” In addition to Hollin Hills, designed and built by Charles Goodman and Robert Davenport, the post explores Denver’s Arapahoe Acres (you must check out this site), the first post-World War II neighborhood listed in the National Register of Historic Place, Hill Top in Washington state, Six Moon Hill in Lexington, Mass., and Krisana Park and Lynwood, both in Denver.

I just picked up a copy of the 1951 book, The American House Today, which features the designs explored in these ground breaking communities. “A quiet revolution has taken place in residential design in the last decade which deserves to be documented rather fully,” Katherine Morrow Ford and Thomas H. Creighton write in the intro to the book. “Revolution, not evolution, because the wrench has been violent, if usually polite. Not entirely a bloodless revolution either, because a good many architectural heads have fallen in the process and the cries of anguish that still rise from some parts of the profession ring through the crumbling colonnades.” Nice.

The work of Goodman was part of this modern revolution in residential design and his Hollin Hills is included in the book’s chapter on subdivision houses. I have created a
PDF of the four pages for your reading and viewing pleasure.