Drone Tour of Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills
With so many of this year’s typical home tour events cancelled, Modern Richmond put together a brief, socially-distanced drone tour of the Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern neighborhood of Highland Hills. For five years beginning in 1953, Washington’s own modernist Goodman served as a consulting architect for Lafayette, Read More >
December 21, 2020
Demand for Mid-Century Modern Homes Strong
UrbanTurf writes about the continuing demand for mid-century modern homes in the Washington area despite Mad Men being off the air for the past five years.
“Mad Men concluded its television run in 2015 and it seemed like people’s infatuation with mid-century modern design went with it,” writes Read More >
November 14, 2020
Modern Luxury DC Top Agent Recognition
I am honored to be named a Top Agent in the inaugural Modern Luxury DC Real Estate Awards. Thank you to all of my clients, DC magazine and the team at Compass DMV.
I bring a personal passion for mid-century modern design and architecture and Read More >
October 13, 2020
Washingtonian Magazine Top Agent Recognition
I am honored to be recognized once again as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Agent. Thank you to all of my clients, family and friends who have supported Modern Capital for the past 14 years. Please reach out if you are thinking of buying or selling a mid-century modern home. Happy Read More >
August 16, 2020
Furnishing a Mid-Century Modern Home: Inspiration & Sourcing
A guest post on sourcing mid-century modern furniture from our partner, ATTIC.
Nothing completes a beautiful mid-century home like furniture and decor drawn from the same aesthetic. The simple, sleek lines of MCM furniture pair up perfectly with the modern, open and airy feel that make mid-century Read More >
July 8, 2020
Market Reflections Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
I hope everyone and their families are healthy and safe during this very frightening and difficult time as we all navigate this global coronavirus health crisis together. As valued clients and subscribers, I want you to know that I continue working with my clients who have current contracts, scheduled closings Read More >
March 19, 2020
Bethesda Modern: Spring Lake Condos
From the low-slung pool house to the decorative breeze block, the Spring Lake condominium community in Bethesda would look right at home in South Florida or Palm Springs.
November 11, 2019
Get Tix: Bannockburn Home Tour This Saturday
The homeowners of Bannockburn in Bethesda are hosting their first ever home tour this Saturday, October 26 from 12 to 4 pm. Proceeds will go toward preserving the neighborhood’s clubhouse. I am a proud sponsor of the tour and hope you will come out to explore Read More >
October 22, 2019
Endangered: Concrete Association Building in Silver Spring
A brutalist building made of concrete designed to promote the use of concrete is facing the wrecking ball. The Silver Spring headquarters of the National Sand & Gravel Association (NSGA) and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is slated for demolition. The building was designed by John H. Sullivan Jr. Read More >
October 19, 2019
Modernist Pre-Fab in Foxhall – $1.775 Million
If you are looking for a new, modernist home in the city, take a look at this one listed by my Compass colleagues The P&rtners. Built using sophisticated aerospace robotics, this innovative pre-fab home delivers unrivaled quality and cutting-edge technology. This extraordinary contemporary home features five Read More >
September 7, 2019
Explore the Modernist Designs of Roberto Burle Marx in NYC
The two-dimensional modernist designs by Roberto Burle Marx are stunning pieces of art in and of themselves let alone the how the landscape designs come to fruition in the physical world. Three years ago, The Jewish Museum in New York held an extensive exhibit on Marx, who passed away in Read More >
August 8, 2019
Fallswood: Funky Contemporary Enclave in Falls Church
Fallswood in Falls Church is a small enclave of funky early 1970s contemporaries with Swiss/ski chalet lines. The neighborhood of roughly four dozen homes right between the Beltway and I-66 was designed by the architect A.G. Mumma and built by R.J.L. Associates. From what I can find, Read More >
July 29, 2019
The Post’s ‘House of the Week’
Kathy Orton of the Washington Post highlighted my listing in Bethesda by award-winning Tom Shiner, FAIA, as the Post’s “House of the Week.” Listed for $1.65 million. Completed in 2010, the green, modernist house and studio at 4798 Western Ave. in Bethesda Read More >
July 20, 2019
Flat-Roof MCM in Darnestown – $665K
I’ll call this one Darnestown Modern. Take a look at this 1960 flat-roof mid-century modern with clerestory windows and wood-beamed ceilings on more than two acres in Darnestown, Md. It is listed for $665,000. Looks like you can replace siding with more period appropriate materials. Not my Read More >
May 14, 2019
Custom Mid-Century Modern in Quaint Acres – $675K
This custom mid-century modern in Quaint Acres in Silver Spring backs up to the Northwest Branch and Rachel Carson Greenway trails. Carson, who lived in the neighborhood, wrote “Silent Spring,” the book that helped spur environmental awareness in this country. The listing says the custom home was Read More >
April 14, 2019
Open House & Video Tour: Scandinavian Modern by Tom Shiner, FAIA
If you missed my first Open House at my listing at 4789 Western Ave. in Bethesda, you can come see it this Saturday, March 23. I will be holding an Open House from 1 to 4 pm. You can also virtually tour the modern, green house Read More >
March 21, 2019
Green, Modernist Home by Tom Shiner, FAIA – $1.5 Million
Completed in 2010, the green, modernist house and studio at 4798 Western Ave. in Bethesda were designed and built by award-winning architect Tom Shiner, FAIA. The design was inspired by Scandinavian masters Poul Kjaerholm, who Shiner studied with in Denmark, and Alvar Aalto. See the Compass Read More >
March 15, 2019
Architecture and Design Film Festival Returns to DC
The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), which made its debut in Washington last year at the National Building Museum (NBM), is returning to to Washington Feb. 21-24. The ADFF is the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture in design. The Read More >
January 18, 2019
Private Exclusive: Scandinavian Modern Home by Thomas Shiner, FAIA
During the snow yesterday, all I thought about was this fireplace in my new, private exclusive listing in Bethesda. The green, modernist house and studio were designed and built by award-winning architect Thomas S. Shiner, FAIA. The design was inspired by Scandinavian masters Alvar Aalto and Poul Kjaerholm, who Shiner Read More >
January 14, 2019
Oregonian Cites Modern Capital as a Resource for Mid-Century Modern Real Estate
The Oregonian’s Bridget Otto highlights Modern Capital as a Resource for Mid-Century Modern Real Estate. Modern Capital is a resource not only for those in D.C. but others around the country looking for information on mid-century modern real estate and design.
January 10, 2019
Thank You from Modern Capital on Thanksgiving
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. As you prepare to sit down for the holiday with you family and friends, I am thankful for all of my wonderful clients and all of Modern Capital’s loyal readers who have supported the site during the past 12 years. Make sure Read More >
November 22, 2018
Washingtonian Top Agent Recognition
To all my clients and readers: I wanted to say thank you for your enduring support during the past year. I have been honored with Washingtonian’s Best Agent distinction. I am so grateful for the trust you consistently place in me—I know that the decision to buy or sell is Read More >
September 20, 2018
My Upcoming Listings, Tiffey Townhome Private Exclusive
Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. We are still seeing low inventory and bidding wars on the best properties. In the next few weeks, I will be listing four houses and wanted to give Modern Capital readers a heads up. One listing is in Carderock Springs in Bethesda. Read More >
May 30, 2018
Modern Capital on Full Service Radio
Bringing an LA or New York vibe to DC, the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan is housed in the 110-year old former First Church of Christ Scientist building. And right in the lobby, is Full Service Radio studio run by founder Jack Inslee. Full Service Radio is a Read More >
May 7, 2018
Architecture & Design Film Festival Coming to DC in 2018
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and is having a wonderful holiday season. I am happy to write about this gift coming next year from the National Building Museum. The museum, with the Revada Foundation, is bringing the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) to Washington Read More >
December 26, 2017
Michael Shapiro Shares Expertise on Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Washingtonian: If You Love Midcentury Modern Architecture, You Have to Check Out Reston
Michael Shapiro is quoted in an article on the mid-century modern residential architecture in Reston, Virginia.
December 15, 2017
Film: Neutra’s Windshield House – 7/15 @ 2 pm
Go see the fascinating–and tragic–story of Richard Neutra’s first East Coast commission, the 1938 Windshield house, which was designed for the real-estate scion and art collector John Nicholas Brown II and his wife, Anne. The film by their granddaughter, Elissa Brown, uses extensive family movies showing the building of the 14,500-square-foot aluminum and Read More >
July 14, 2017
Mid-Century Moderns Moving Fast
Mid-century modern homes in the DC area are flying off the market. My two new listings went under contract in a matter of days, not lasting for the planned open houses this weekend. Properties are intense seeing bidding wars, even properties being marketed off the multiple listing service. You have Read More >
May 7, 2017
Event: Considering Modernist Landscapes – May 15
Springtime has finally hit DC. The cherry blossoms have come and gone and now the azaleas are in full swing. It is a good time of year to think about the natural environment and landscaping. The National Building Museum is holding a free event May 15 from 6:30 pm to Read More >
April 19, 2017
Sold: Custom MCM in Owings Mills; New Listings
The custom mid-century modern in Owings Mills I listed closed this week.
It was originally designed and built in 1960 by noted architect James Grieves, FAIA, as his own home. It was later (1980s) seamlessly expanded by another noted local architect, David H. Gleason, FAIA. Here’s one Read More >
March 8, 2017
Happy Holidays 2016 from Modern Capital
As the sun prepares to set on 2016, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a happy and healthy New Year. I am very thankful for everyone who reads the site and follows the work I am doing here in DC. With the site now 10 Read More >
December 24, 2016
Modern To-Dos for the Holiday Weekend
If you have modernist family and friends coming into town for the holiday weekend, there are number of new exhibits to explore, including at the recently reopened I.M. Pei-designed East Building galleries of the National Gallery of Art.
On September 30, the East Building galleries, which house the museum’s modern collection and several Read More >
November 23, 2016
Donuts at the ‘Donut’: World Architecture Day at the Hirshhorn
To celebrate World Architecture Day on Monday, Oct. 3, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is holding free architecture tours and giving away free donuts in the brutalist museum, which is shaped liked a donut.
“Tours by experts, including the Atlantic‘s Kriston Capps and Architect‘s Deane Madsen, will reveal the genius Read More >
October 1, 2016
Mad About Midcentury Modern
Bethesda Magazine: Mad About Midcentury Modern
Bethesda magazine interviews Michael Shapiro about mid-century modern homes in Montgomery County.
September 5, 2016
Free MCM on Lake Holiday in Virginia
Thanks to George Smart of North Carolina Modernist Houses for the heads up on this endangered mid-century modern on Lake Holiday, which is is located near Winchester, Va. The house was designed by Henry Dole Norris and featured in a 1967 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. Norris was Read More >
August 8, 2016
Modern Snapshot: The Four Seasons
It is only fitting that one of the most iconic modernist buildings in the world was home to one of the word’s most iconic restaurant spaces as well. Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building housed The Four Seasons, which was designed by Philip Johnson. After 57 years, the restaurant shut Read More >
July 22, 2016
Help Save Breuer’s API Institute in Reston
Please sign this petition by June 13 to help try and save the American Press Institute (API) in Reston by modern master Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith. The API closed up shop and joined with the Newspaper Association of America, which is based in Arlington. The move left API’s Read More >
June 9, 2016
Daniel Donnelly Salvages Screen from Mid-Century Giant
Although the mid-century Giant on Monroe Avenue in Alexandria is no more, you can own a piece of the building thanks to Daniel Donnelly.
May 31, 2016
Event: Palm Springs in DC – April 21
Alexander House of Tomorrow in Palm Springs by William Krisel, 1962.
Room & Board is bringing Palm Springs to the East Coast. On April 21, the modern furniture purveyor on 14th Street is hosting a conversation and book signing with Heidi Creighton, author of William Krisel’s Palm Read More >
April 4, 2016
Montgomery Modern Book on Kindle, at St. Paul’s
Senior county architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly’s book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, is now available in Kindle e-book from Amazon. The book, which chronicles mid-century modern architecture in Montgomery County, is also available in paperback and hard cover. This illustrated reference book includes an inventory of Read More >
March 1, 2016
Exhibit: Early Women of Architecture in Maryland
The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland travelling exhibit is now on display through May 30 at the University of Maryland’s Kibel Gallery. Researched and created by the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA Baltimore, the exhibition celebrates the women who contributed to Maryland architecture from the 1920s to the ’60s, including DC Read More >
February 10, 2016
Palm Trees, No Snow: LA’s Modernist Housing
With the blizzard now passed and the big dig to begin, I thought everyone could use some pictures from the land of palm trees and no snow: Los Angeles. During the holidays, I went to LA and explored the mid-century modern and modern homes throughout the city. From the ever-present Read More >
January 24, 2016
Happy Holidays 2015 from Modern Capital
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. I also wanted to thank everyone for reading the site during the past eight years. I’m in Los Angeles this week so I thought the Christmas tree with palm tree and Stahl House image below would be Read More >
December 24, 2015
Before and After of a Mid-Century Modern Charles Goodman Renovation
Washingtonian: Before and After: This Midcentury Modern Masterpiece Underwent a Shocking Transformation
Washingtonian looks at the before and after of a mid-century modern Charles Goodman renovation project Michael Shapiro did with Michael Cook, AIA, of Cook Architecture.
December 15, 2015
Post Story Focuses on Renovating MCM Homes
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. In case you missed this while away, the Washington Post’s Real Estate section ran a piece by Deborah Dietsch about renovating mid-century modern homes. She covers the gamut from a smaller DIY Goodman renovation to the work architect Michael Read More >
December 1, 2015
Forget Mad Men; Go See These Mod Women
The house designed by Poldi Hirsch in Havre de Grace. Photo courtesy of The American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter.
While men get most of the ink, there are women who left their mark on mid-century modern architecture and design as well. There are a slew of events in our area Read More >
September 30, 2015
MoCo’s Vintage Mid-Century Road Signs
During the post World War II boom, Montgomery County grew by leaps and bounds. The new, post war exuberance was reflected in not only the modern architecture sprouting up but by the cool roadside signs as well. The Montgomery County Planning Department’s Montgomery Modern initiative has nice Read More >
July 31, 2015
The Architect of Palm Springs: Donald Wexler, 1926-2015
So sad to hear of the passing of Donald Wexler, who put his stunning architectural imprint all over Palm Springs. He was a classy and modest gentleman who created enduring architecture. It was so cool that he was on the tour I did of Palm Springs Read More >
June 28, 2015
Documenting the MCM Architecture of Wildwood, N.J.
If you don’t follow architectural photographer Darren Bradley, you should. His photos of mid-century modern and modern architecture are just stunning. As someone who grew up in New Jersey and still goes up to the Jersey shore every summer, I had to link to Darren’s amazing Read More >
June 16, 2015
5 Iconic Modern Houses to Tour
It’s Monday. School is almost out. Summer is almost officially here. Planning for summer vacation? The Wall Street Journal suggests visiting five early modernist and mid-century modern homes to inspire your own modern spaces. Not a bad idea. Two of those on the list: Phillip Johnson’s Glass House Read More >
June 8, 2015
Explore Europe’s Modern Embassies – May 9
You will not experience any jet lag as you view some European modernism right here in Washington. The annual tour of European embassies is tomorrow (May 9) with the “Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House Day.” Mid-century modern and modern embassies to focus on are the embassies of Read More >
May 8, 2015
A Cool Virtual Tour of the Eames House
You have seen images of the Eames House online or may have even vistied the site and peeked your head into the famous modernist space. Now, Archilogic, a real estate marketing company, has created a cool interative 3D model so you can further explore the Case Study House #8 in Pacific Read More >
April 20, 2015
The ‘Mad Men’ Legacy: Look to the Furniture
With the second of the last seven “Mad Men” episodes airing now, I wanted to make sure everyone saw this interesting piece by Andrew Romano, the West Coast Correspondent for Yahoo News who lives with his wife in a 1946 Alvin Lustig-designed mid-century modern home in Read More >
April 12, 2015
Modern Snapshot: The National Presbyterian Church
The prominent campus of the National Presbyterian Church on Nebraska Avenue was designed by ecclesiastical architect Harold E. Wagoner, who once said: “The great thing about being an architect is you can walk into your dreams.” The cornerstone of the Brutalist/Neo-Gothic complex was laid by congregant and former President Dwight D. Read More >
March 5, 2015
Book Tells Story of Wright’s Pope-Leighy House
The Pope-Leighey House is owned by the The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
To mark the 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, architect Steven M. Reiss has published the book Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, which tells the fascinating story of the Usonian house. The house, originally built for journalist Loren Read More >
February 9, 2015
Modern Snapshot: Noguchi’s ‘California Scenario’
With the thermometer on 10 degrees right now, I thought these pictures would be appropriate. Heading south from LA and just off the 405, you can find a small oasis amid the office buildings of Costa Mesa. Located on land that used to grow lima beans, Isamu Noguchi’s “California Scenario” Read More >
January 8, 2015
Happy New Year from Modern Capital
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thanks for reading and supporting the site during the past eight years. I hope 2015 will be filled with health, happiness and lots of mid-century modern goodness for all. This year architect Michael Cook and I will be developing a Charles Read More >
January 2, 2015
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 >
December 15, 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 >
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’
November 21, 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 >
September 29, 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.
“The school flourished, and in Read More >
July 15, 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
May 19, 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 >
April 28, 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 the show. (I took Read More >
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 >
April 9, 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 >
March 24, 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 >
February 19, 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 >
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 >
January 30, 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 >
January 12, 2014
Happy New Year; Mid-Century Modern Churches
River Road Unitarian Church by Francis Donald Lethbridge.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy and happy 2014. I also wanted to thank everyone for reading the site during the past seven years and for continuing to support my wonderful Read More >
December 29, 2013
Modern Snapshot: Honolulu’s Tropical Modernism
With the snow and ice that we had here the past couple of days, I thought some images from Honolulu would help take your mind off the dreary weather. Honolulu is one of the best cities in the United States to find such a concentration of mid-century modern architecture. “In Read More >
December 9, 2013
Modern Mobler Opens New Shop in Kensington
Finally. A taste of mid-century modern on Kensington’s Antique Row. I am excited to report that Doug Meyers of Modern Mobler (a Modern Capital sponsor) has opened up a second location at 3730 Howard Ave. Named Mobler at Kensington, the shop will feature mid-century modern and Danish Read More >
November 3, 2013
Exhibit Explores Driving Forces of LA Architecture
If you were not able to make it to Los Angeles earlier this year to see the variety of exhibits that made up Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., the National Building Museum is bringing at least one of them to Washington. Overdrive: L.A. Constructs Read More >
October 17, 2013
Modern Snapshot: Vintage Photos of Rock Creek Woods
Today, Rock Creek Woods is known for its park-like setting and explosion of cherry blossoms in the spring. While architect Charles Goodman and the builders sought to keep the topography and trees when they were developing the neighborhood, the land was much more barren than it is now, some 50 Read More >
October 11, 2013
Get Your Tickets: Montgomery Modern Bus Tour Oct. 5
Get your tickets now and hop aboard the Montgomery Modern Bus Tour on Oct. 5 to explore various modernist sites in the county. As part of Docomomo’s Tour Day 2013, Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation office, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Read More >
September 10, 2013
Film Exploring Zeppelin, Wheaton Rec Center at AFI Aug. 30
The film Led Zeppelin Played Here, which explores the debate about if the legendary band played a show in 1969 at the endangered Wheaton Community Recreation Center, will have a one-time showing at the AFI in Silver Spring on Aug. 30. The Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon-designed Wheaton Community Recreation Center, Read More >
August 25, 2013
Blu Homes Model in MD Opening to the Public
Dwell’s recent issue devoted to modern pre-fab homes highlighted Blu Homes, the Waltham, Mass.-based builder of modern, green homes designed with foldable steel-frames that allow for easy transport and open floor plans. If you have been thinking about a pre-fab and want to see one in Read More >
August 22, 2013
Modern Snapshot: Breuer’s Vacant American Press Institute
In early 2012, the 66 year-old American Press Institute in Reston closed up shop and joined with the Newspaper Association of America, which is based in Arlington. The move left API’s 1972-1978 brutalist headquarters by Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith vacant, sitting on 4.6 park-like acres in the Northern Virginia suburbs. Read More >
July 22, 2013
Art @ Archer: Mid-Century Work of Benjamin Abramowitz
I went to Archer Saturday afternoon to see the exhibit of mid-century art by Benjamin Abramowitz. If you have not made it yet to Georgetown to see the colorful and bold abstract pieces done between 1960 and 1970, hurry to the store. You can also plan Read More >
June 30, 2013
Modern Snapshot: Hal Esten’s Halex House
The Hal Esten-designed Halex House at 814 Thayer Ave. in Silver Spring, which served as the headquarters of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for 35 years, is slated to become a four-story apartment building.
The NAD sold the building for $4 million in 2006. The Planning Board approved plans for Read More >
May 27, 2013
Endangered: Wheaton Rec Center
Looks like Montgomery County is moving ahead with plans to demolish the award-winning 1964 Wheaton Community Recreation Center designed by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. The county is looking to combine the rec center with the nearby Wheaton Library on Georgia Avenue. Two public meetings are scheduled on June 5 and Read More >
May 20, 2013
Modern Snapshot: Three Eichlers in New York
I just watched the excellent documentary on Joseph Eichler, who developed more mid-century modern tract houses than any other builder in the country. During his career, he built more than 11,000 modernist homes, mostly clustered around the Bay Area. The film, People in Glass Houses, was produced Read More >
March 28, 2013
Lecture Series: Modern Living in Rockville
Peerless Rockville is kicking off a series of events this Saturday exploring various communities in Rockville, including the mid-century modern neighborhood of New Mark Commons, whose entrance is marked by the totem pole pictured. The wooded community, a Planned Urban Development, was Read More >
March 21, 2013
Modern Snapshot: The Washington Post Buildings
While recent stories about how the Washington Post is looking to sell its current home discussed the mid-century modern nature of the architecture, they did not discuss who designed the buildings or the interesting story of the headquarters that was never built. The original 1951 Post building at Read More >
March 12, 2013
Harbour Square Deemed Historic
The Historic Preservation Review Board voted Feb. 28 to list Chloethial Woodard Smith’s Harbour Square in Southwest in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites. The designation recognizes Harbour Square for its modern architecture by Smith and modern landscape design by Dan Kiley. Harbour Square will now be nominated to be Read More >
March 7, 2013
Finding a Good Real Estate Agent
Washington Post: Research, references are keys to finding a good real estate agent
Michael Shapiro is highlighted for his specialization in mid-century modern real estate.
February 22, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale’s ModWeekend: March 15-17
Tired of the cold? Want to see some mid-century modern architecture at the beach? Book a ticket down to Florida for the inaugural ModWeekend in Fort Lauderdale. Spearheaded by John T. O’ Conner, editor-in-chief of Tropic Magazine, the event will kick off Friday, March 15 with Read More >
February 6, 2013
Formica Celebrating 100 Years of Cool
Formica, the staple of mid-century modern kitchens and bathroom counterops is turning 100 and getting some notice. To celebrate its 100 anniversary, Formica has launched a new retro-inspired line. Retro Renovation has all the news and pictures here. The radio program Marketplace gave Read More >
January 23, 2013
Dan Kiley: Hollin Hills, the Miller House and More
If you are interested in learning about the early landscape designs of Hollin Hills and want to learn more about landscape architect Dan Kiley, I recommend picking up a copy of Daniel Urban Kiley: The Early Gardens. The slim but informative book discusses Kiley’s career and Read More >
January 22, 2013
Modern Snapshot: The Schindler House at Night
In Washington, tourists often take tours dubbed something along the lines of “Monuments by Night.” When I was in LA, I did the Schindler House by night. After a packed day, I finally made it to the house in West Hollywood on the way to the airport. Early Read More >
December 30, 2012
Modern Snapshot: Beverly Hills
Hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. With the weather dreadful today here in Washington and the local market quiet, I was looking through recent pictures from LA. Here are a few shots of the modernism in Beverly Hills to warm you up. Above is a shot of the Read More >
December 26, 2012
Modern Snapshot: The Eames House
Ray and Charles Eames’ “stuff” is almost all back in their house. The contents of the living room were famously removed last spring and displayed as part of LACMA’s exhibit “California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way.” While the living room contents were on display in the museum, the Read More >
December 18, 2012
Event: Daniel Donnelly to Launch Ceramic Lighting Line
Daniel Donnelly loves clay. After shaping it as a kid and majoring in the medium in college, he is now launching a new line of Decorative Ceramic Lighting. The shapes of the lamps are inspired by mid-century modern lines such as the classic shapes of La Read More >
December 11, 2012
Thank You on Thanksgiving
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. As you prepare to sit down for the holiday with you family and friends (wouldn’t it be nice to sit around this table in this house?), I am thankful to all of my wonderful clients and to Modern Capital’s readers and sponsors for supporting Read More >
November 21, 2012
Modern Snapshot: Two MCM Churches
There are so many mid-century modern churches, synagogues and others houses of worship that dot the Washington area, that I have been trying to force myself to take time to stop and take some pictures as I am rushing around. Bauhaus master Water Gropius even designed a synagogue near Baltimore. Here are just two Read More >
November 4, 2012
Modern Snapshot: Vintage Touches Galore
While many mid-century homes in the area have been updated for the better–or in many other cases for the worse, so many homes that I see still have interesting vintage touches from lighting to kitchens to bathrooms. Here’s a round up of pictures from recent months to give you inspiration Read More >
October 23, 2012
Help Save D.C.’s Wire Office Building
The 1949-50 Wire Building or Wire Office Building at the corner of Vermont Avenue and K Street, NW, is in danger of being torn down. The building was designed and constructed by Alvin L. Aubinoe and Harry Edwards for owner and developer Preston Wire, after whom the building was named. Read More >
October 18, 2012
Archer Launches The Jacobsen Collection
The clean lines of the Jacobsen-designed furniture grace the living room of I.M. Pei’s Slayton House in DC. Photo courtesy of Wright20.
Good architecture needs good furniture. Award-winning architects Hugh Newell Jacobsen and Simon Jacobsen have understood this throughout their careers, designing furniture for private clients around the world. Now Modern Capital sponsor Read More >
October 15, 2012
Endangered: Harry N. Hirshberg Jr. House in Bethesda
The front door of the house.
When I saw this vacant mid-century modern house in Bethesda come on the market earlier this year, I knew it was likely not going to survive. Surrounded by $1 million+ McMansions, this 1948 one-level, 4 bed/4 bath home on an acre just inside Read More >
October 7, 2012
Modern Snapshot: The Gropius House
When Walter 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 four acres of land and provided financing so the founder of the Bauhaus could construct a proper modern Read More >
September 6, 2012
Modern Snapshot: Manufacturers Trust Building
The space may now house a Joe Fresh, but it will always be the Manufacturers Trust building, the elegantly, minimalist International Style structure designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
“When it opened in 1954, the public marveled at the steel vault boldly displayed on Read More >
August 27, 2012
Modern Snapshot: The Colony of Wellfleet
“A very special sense of place.” That is the appropriate tag line of the The Colony of Wellfleet, 10 Bauhaus-style cottages nestled among soaring pine trees just across the road from Wellfleet Bay. Designed and built in late 1940s by architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver P. Morton, the originally named Mayo Read More >
August 16, 2012
Architecture Golf, Kevin Roche at Building Museum
Looking for a place to beat the heat? Head to the National Building Museum for some architectural mini-golf and an exhibit on the work of Kevin Roche. Kicking off today (July 4) and running through Labor Day, you can play a one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed by some of the region’s most creative architects, Read More >
July 4, 2012
Modern Snapshot: The University of Miami
In Washington, Chloethial Woodard Smith was a trailblazing female modernist architect that left a major imprint on the area: the urban renewal plan in Southwest, the National Building Museum, townhomes in Reston, office buildings downtown and custom homes in the suburbs. In Miami, Marion Manley, the first female architect in Florida, left an Read More >
June 26, 2012
Modern Snapshot: Saarinen’s War Memorial Center
To mark Memorial Day, I thought I would highlight Eero Saarinen’s 1957 War Memorial Center in Milwaukee. The center was designed to “create a new home for two previously separate art collections and a veterans’ memorial,” according the center’s web site. “The modernist building is shaped like a floating cross, Read More >
May 27, 2012
The Allure of Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Huffington Post: Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale In The D.C. Area
Michael Shapiro highlights mid-century modern homes for sale in the area and discusses the allure of MCM architecture.
May 24, 2012
Modern Mobler Garners City Paper Reader Award
Congrats to Modern Capital sponsor Modern Mobler. The readers of the Washington City Paper selected Doug Meyers’ vintage mid-century modern store on Georgia Avenue in Northwest as one of the three Best Places to Buy Home Furnishings in the paper’s annual “Best of D.C.” poll. Last year, the City Paper chose Modern Mobler as D.C.’s Best Read More >
May 13, 2012
Modern Snapshot: Silver Spring’s American National Bank Building
When you walk into the lobby of the former American National Bank Building in Silver Spring you think ‘Mad Men.’ The preserved mid-century lobby (terrazzo floors and marble walls) evokes Manhattan mid-century skyscrapers featured prominently on the show. I learned more about this building and others from Montgomery County historic preservation Read More >
May 1, 2012
DWR Event: Hollin Hills and the Lasting Influence of Charles Goodman
With the biennial Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour just a few weeks away, the DWR Georgetown Studio will be hosting a panel discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. The panel, which I will be moderating, will explore the groundbreaking neighborhood and architect Charles Goodman’s influence on mid-century modern residential architecture.
Charles Read More >
April 2, 2012
Vote for ‘Mad Men’ Look Finalists; Join Post’s MCM Chat
Only a few more days until ‘Mad Men’ returns to the air. You can now vote for your favorite finalist in the Washington Post ‘s second ‘Mad Men’ Look contest. The winner will be revealed Monday, March 26, the day after the two-hour season premiere of Read More >
March 21, 2012
Last Chance to Enter Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Look Contest
The last day to enter the Washington Post ‘s second ‘Mad Men’ Look contest is Monday, March 12, so make sure to submit photos of your D.C.-area mid-century modern digs. Judges will pick the finalists and then readers get to choose the winner, who will have their abode featured online Read More >
March 9, 2012
Led Zeppelin and the Modernist Wheaton Rec Center
When most people talk about the 1964 Wheaton Youth Center (now the Wheaton Community Recreation Center), they are likely discussing the question of whether Led Zeppelin played a show there in 1969 or not. (The center is said to have served as a premier spot for concerts Read More >
February 27, 2012
Dinner with a View
Do you want to have your breath taken away and eat dinner at one of the most iconic mid-century modern houses in the country? For $5,500 you and three friends can do just that at the 1960 Stahl House (Case Study House #22) by Pierre Koenig. “You and three friends Read More >
February 21, 2012
Post Highlights MCM Hoods; Cool Listing Near Baltimore
The Washington Post‘s new real estate blog did a nice post on some of the mid-century modern neighborhoods in the DC area. I love all the comments from people mentioning the many other neighborhoods that I try to regularly highlight that were not mentioned in the Read More >
February 14, 2012
Washington DC’s Mid-Century Modern Neighborhoods
Washington Post Real Estate Blog: Washington’s mid-century modern neighborhoods
Writer Amanda Abrams interviews Michael Shapiro about the area’s mcm neighborhoods.
February 14, 2012
Enter WashPost’s New ‘Mad Men’ Look Contest
With the new season of ‘Mad Men’ kicking off next month, the Washington Post is celebrating by holding its second ‘Mad Men’ Look contest for D.C.-area residents. So do your spring cleaning, get your vintage mid-century modern furniture arranged just right and take some good pictures to submit Read More >
February 9, 2012
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 >
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 >
December 15, 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 >
December 8, 2011
The Untold Story of Edward Durell Stone
Edward Durell Stone (think Kennedy Center, MoMA, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Busch Stadium, the former Standard Oil building in Chicago (see above) among others) was an early and leading modernist architect and educator who later in life moved away from the strict International Style of his early work (I love Read More >
November 29, 2011
Exploring Charles and Ray Eames
If you are obsessed with the the designs of Ray and Charles Eames or you want to learn more about the famous husband and wife design duo, this is a good time to do some exploring. First, you can see the Eames House living room at the Los Angeles County Museum Read More >
November 8, 2011
Curbed LA’s Case Study House Map
If you are planning a trip to LA anytime soon and want to check out the city’s modernist architecture, Curbed LA created this nifty map of all the Case Study Houses in the city. The map includes addresses, pictures and info on the homes built between Read More >
October 27, 2011
Ralph Rapson Exhibit at Archer; Opening Reception Nov. 4
Frank Lloyd bought two. That’s a good endorsement of the bentwood rocking chair known as the Rapson Rapid Rocker. The chair was originally designed in 1939 by Ralph Rapson, a leading American modernist architect and furniture designer, who is known for his unique sketches and for designing Read More >
October 24, 2011
AT’s Design Evening on Mid-Century Modernism in D.C.
If you were not able to make it to the recent Apartment Therapy design evening on mid-century modernism, here is a link to AT’s write up. The panel discussion was lead by organizer Desiré Greene and featured Robert Chapman, owner of Modern Capital sponsor Archer, Suzanne Read More >
October 20, 2011
The Homes of Tomorrow, Today
I hope you were able to get to the National Building Museum’s Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s, which closed recently. The first-of-its-kind exhibit highlighted the innovative design displayed at the world’s fairs of the 1930s. One of the most interesting sections of the exhibit was on homes featuring Read More >
October 17, 2011
DCPL Tour: The Modernism of Southwest D.C.
As part of its DC Modern program, the D.C. Preservation League will be holding a walking tour of Southwest D.C. on Oct. 22 with local architect Dean Hutchison. Here’s from the DCPL: “This neighborhood boasts the greatest concentration of mid-century resources in the city. We’ll be visiting many of the Read More >
September 27, 2011
Apartment Therapy D.C.’s Mid-Century Madness Meetup
Washington is typically seen as a very conservative town in terms of architecture and design. Despite its reputation, I and others have tried to show that we have our good share of mid-century modern architecture (see the 1965 Pan American Health Organization building above), design shops and passionate aficionados. If Read More >
September 18, 2011
2011 Solar Decathlon, Invite to Hirshhorn Event
Every two years since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy has held its Solar Decathlon on the National Mall to challenge collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. One of the 11 teams competing in the competition is a team of students Read More >
September 16, 2011
Modern Snapshot: Davis Memorial Library in Bethesda
The mid-century modern Davis Memorial Library on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda sits on what is left of the Davis family farm, once a 400 acre estate called Rock Spring. Designed in the mid-1960s by Bethesda-based modernist architect Stanley Arthur, the sprawling 16,000 square foot library features a side-gabled roof, extended Read More >
August 21, 2011
Building Your Own Modern Home
A number of clients, friends and readers have been asking me lately about the process of building their own modern home, including prefabs. One of the best resources on the web for learning the ups and downs of building a modern prefab is the blog by Chris Johnson and Sarah Read More >
August 17, 2011
Modern Capital in Chicago; Early Moderns in Bethesda, DC
I am exploring the modern architecture of Chicago (you can follow posts from the trip on Facebook and Twitter), but have been keeping my eye on activity back home. I found a couple of earlier modern style homes on the market. Take Read More >
August 2, 2011
Post on Prefabs, Lost River Modern
The Post’s Real Estate section has a story out on modern prefabs, including Modern Capital Sponsor Lost River Modern. The article gives a good overview of story behind how Chris Brown and Sarah Johnson built their Res4 vacation retreat/rental home Read More >
July 22, 2011
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July 19, 2011
The Unbuilt Modernism of Washington
What could have been? This is the question an upcoming (November 2011) National Building Museum exhibition (entitled “Unbuilt Washington”) will explore as it looks back at some of the designs for buildings, bridges and monuments that were never built in Washington. Some of the these designs also happen to be Read More >
July 12, 2011
Building Museum Examines Prairie School, The Glass Box
Here are a couple upcoming lectures at the National Building Museum that may be of interest. As part of its annual Three Movements in Architecture series, the museum will hold a session on July 16 on the Prairie School of Frank Lloyd Wright. David Bagnall, director of interpretation for Sites Read More >
July 7, 2011
Modern Snapshot: Rollingwood Elementary School Building
During and after World War II, the population of the Washington area boomed. There was a great need, especially in the growing suburbs, for libraries, houses of worship and schools. Most of it was basic modern design of the time, or as one of my favorite sites calls it:Read More >
June 28, 2011
Homes as Individualistic as Their Buyers
Washington Examiner: ‘Homes as individualistic as their buyers’
The cover story of the May 19 Home Guide highlights “niche” real estate markets, including the mid-century modern market here in the DC area.
May 19, 2011
Events: Modernism for the Masses, Eames Movie
Here are a couple upcoming modern-related events that I thought might be of interest. On June 7, Alexandra Lange, critic, architectural historian, and co-author of Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes, and Russell A. Flinchum, Ph.D., archivist of the Century Association Archives Foundation, professor, and author Read More >
May 18, 2011
Design or Size: Which Matters?
“Why We’re Shunning McMansions.” This is this headline from a recent article from U.S. News and World Report. I had just come across an article with a similar theme, but it was from 1962. “What This Country Needs Is More Small Houses.” This is the headline on aRead More >
May 5, 2011
Peeking Inside D.C.’s Modern Embassies
The annual week of embassy tours kicks of this Saturday (May 7) with the “Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House Day.” Mid-century modern and modern embassies to focus on are the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Germany. I saw Denmark and Read More >
May 3, 2011
Modern Snapshot: The Endangered Marvel Cleaners Building
The mid-century modern Marvel Cleaners sits empty at its perch near the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Randolph Road in Colesville. It has been sitting vacant for a year and is slated for redevelopment. The rendering in the window shows a “Marvel Plaza” but it does not look like anything Read More >
May 1, 2011
Arts & Architecture Highlights the Work of Harold Esten
I’m looking forward to the open house tomorrow (or today, if you are reading this on Sunday) at the Esten House from 1 to 4 p.m. As I mentioned in my post about the listing, you will have the opportunity to see more of Harold Esten’s work displayed in the house Read More >
April 30, 2011
Modern Snapshot: Universalist Church of Silver Spring
I was heading home from Crest Park this weekend (stay tuned for another Goodman listing I have coming up) and remembered that I had taken some shots last year of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring on New Hampshire Avenue.
This interesting Read More >
April 11, 2011
What You Can Learn from Just Buying Books
You can learn a lot from books even if you do not read them. I picked up a stash of modern architecture books at the annual Stone Ridge Used Book Sale. Many of the books I purchased were from the library of Alan Hamilton Rider. I Read More >
April 10, 2011
Mid-Century Modern-Style Dining at the Jersey Shore
Teplitzky's Coffee Shop
I am sick of this weather and ready for summer and the beach. Did you catch the Post’s story the other day about The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City and its retro-style diner Teplitzky’s? It warmed me up a bit. My wife is from Read More >
April 8, 2011
City Paper: Modern Mobler Best Vintage Store in D.C.
Congrats to Modern Capital sponsor Modern Mobler, which opened last May. Doug Meyers’ vintage mid-century modern shop on Georgia Avenue in Northwest was just picked by Washington City Paper as D.C.’s best vintage furniture store. So stop by to check out Doug’s latest finds, especially his Danish pieces by Arne Read More >
March 25, 2011
Daniel Donnelly Vintage Modern Action This Saturday
If you are planning to participate in Modern Capital sponsor Daniel Donnelly’s Vintage Modern Auction this Saturday (March 12) make sure to hit his showroom this week to check out the available items. The official preview runs through Friday. (You can register here and see the lots online Read More >
March 8, 2011
Building Museum Panel to Explore Architecture of Harry Weese
Harry Weese was a larger than life figure. He dominated Chicago architecture in the 1960s and ’70s and then had a sorry descent at the end of his life. (See this detailed Chicago magazine article from this past summer.) He also had a major impact on the landscape of Read More >
March 2, 2011
More Moderns on the Water in Maryland
Following my post yesterday on a house by noted Seattle architect Wendell Lovett, here are two more modern homes on the water in Maryland. You can tell I am dreaming about summer and buying a place on the water. Both these homes–one is from the early ’70s and one is Read More >
January 31, 2011
Modern Snapshot: Mid-Century Wheaton Woods Baptist Church
Some shots from today of the Wheaton Woods Baptist Church located here in Rockville. Nothing spectacular, but a solid mid-century modern church. Or, as this site I discovered recently would call it: Mid-Century Mundane. The site “was created to explore a specific genre of architecture that has largely Read More >
January 29, 2011
Biscayne Boulevard: ‘Tropical Modern’ Paradise
When I was down in Florida for the holidays, my wife and I left the kids with grandma and grandpa and took a cruise along Biscayne Boulevard to take in the MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture. In 2006, the city of Miami designated Biscayne Boulevard from NE 50th Street to Read More >
January 16, 2011
Chloethiel Woodard Smith’s Modernist Harbour Square
Some of the most breathtaking views in Washington can be had from the top of Chloethiel Woodard Smith’s mid-century modern Harbour Square (1960-1966) along the Southwest waterfront. During the D.C. Preservation League’s tour of Southwest in October, the group had a chance to take in the views from the roof Read More >
January 9, 2011
New Year Modern Calendar Contest
Happy New Year. I hope you have a very happy, healthy and modern 2011. To start the new year off, I am running a contest for a 2011 MoMA Chairs calendar as seen above. (Actual chair not included.) All you have to do to enter is post a comment below, Read More >
January 1, 2011
Mid-Century Modern Foreclosures in Baltimore
Hoping these mid-century modern homes and the people who owned them have a better year in 2011. These foreclosures in and near Baltimore could be opportunities for others in the new year. Here’s a 1958 mid-century with an asymmetrical gabled roof listed for $299K, down from $319K. This house, also from 1958, Read More >
December 31, 2010
Mid-Century Modern in the Sun
I hope everyone is having a good holiday season. I took a holiday hiatus but am back blogging now. As is typical for this time of year, not many new modern listings have hit the market during the past few weeks. I’ll bring you all the latest listings as the Read More >
December 29, 2010
Giving the Gift of the Glass House
Johnson's library/study. Johnson called it an "event" on the landscape.
Are you looking for a gift for the modernist who has everything? The folks at the Philip Johnson Glass House have an idea. Think private tour of the Glass House and then dinner at the Johnson and Mies-designed Four Seasons in Read More >
December 18, 2010
Corcoran Show Explores Danish Modern Design
If you are craving the warmth of Danish modern design to soothe you in this frigid weather, stop by the Corcoran’s Gallery 31 through Dec. 20 for its show Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design. The show “will explore the correlation between design inspiration and design outcome. Examples of Read More >
December 14, 2010
Saarinen’s Soaring Legacy of Dulles Airport
Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia, circa 1963. © Balthazar Korab Ltd.
I wanted to make sure people saw this weekend’s column by architect Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland and long-time Washington Post architecture columnist. Lewis’ column reflects on the Finish Embassy’s recent exhibit Read More >
December 6, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Giving Thanks for Little Modern Details
I look at a lot of houses online and in person. I write about many of them here. In this post, I want to highlight some of the smaller mid-century modern details I have come across during the past several years. Scrolling through the 3,000+ pictures on my phone (all Read More >
November 24, 2010
Religious Innovation: Saarinen’s North Christian Church
With the Eero Saarinen exhibit running until Nov. 28 at the Finnish Embassy (I hope to go this weekend), I figured it was a good time to finally finish my trilogy on Saarinen’s mid-century modern designs in Columbus, Indiana. All three, North Christian Church, the Miller House and Irwin Union Read More >
November 19, 2010
The Tome for Eames Addicts
If you are an Eames addict and your loved ones are looking for gift ideas for the holidays (I hope my wife reads this), send them a link to this post as a not so subtle hint on a what they can get you. (You can also try to win Read More >
November 18, 2010
Finnish Embassy Highlights Saarinen’s Work in Washington
Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia, circa 1963. © Balthazar Korab Ltd.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Eero Saarinen’s birth year (Aug. 20, 2010), the Finnish Embassy is hosting a free exhibit at the embassy until Nov. 28. The exhibit, “Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation,” is free and open Read More >
October 31, 2010
Modernist Rental Getaways
Modernists going on vacation or looking for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway often have a hard time finding the right place to stay. Is Le Corbusier more your style than Conrad Hilton? If it is, check out the webiste, boutique homes, which promotes dozens of modern homes for rent by Read More >
October 15, 2010
Julius Shulman Day: 10-10-10
View from inside the Stahl House.
Julius Shulman was born 100 years ago today. The legendary photographer, who died last year on July 15 at the age of 98, played an instrumental role in capturing on film the essence and beauty of mid-century modern architecture for all to see and Read More >
October 10, 2010
America’s World’s Fairs: Introducing Modernism to the Masses
U.S. Government Building, Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago 1933-34. Photo by Kauffman & Fabry, Co. Collection of Jim Sweeney.
As the nation was gripped with the Great Depression, the world’s fairs held in six cities across the United States promised a better future for the country replete with cool modern design Read More >
September 29, 2010
Mies’ Mid-Century Modern Condos in Baltimore
I stopped at Modern Capital sponsor Home Anthology on Saturday on the way to the Baltimore Book Festival. I checked out Rob and Nini’s latest finds and got a great tip about a Mies Van der Rohe-designed condo building just north of Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. I had never Read More >
September 27, 2010
Home Anthology Fall Open House This Weekend
Some of the new finds that will be on display at Home Anthology’s Fall Open House this weekend.
Rob and Nini at Home Anthology have been on the road and have scored more than 75 new mid-century modern pieces for your viewing and buying pleasure. You can see all their Read More >
September 16, 2010
A Mid-Century Modern Summer Road Trip
Summer time is for road trips. Cycling. Swimming. And eating lots of ice cream. In my book, seeing mid-century modern architecture is definitely part of the mix as well. So on the family’s recent trek north to Vermont and New Hampshire, we made sure to include some mid-century modern sightseeing Read More >
September 15, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Gropius-Designed House in Lake Barcroft
The Walter Gropius-designed house in Lake Barcroft. Photos by Michael Cook.
In my post yesterday, I mentioned a house in Lake Barcroft by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Col. Joseph Barger, the developer of Lake Barcroft, bought the 135-acre lake and surrounding 566 aces for $1 million in 1950. In an effort to Read More >
September 1, 2010
Open House Picks: My Goodman, Carderock Springs and Custom Potomac MCM
Open staircase in my listing at 4007 Ingersol Dr. in Silver Spring.
I’ll be holding my listing in Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday for those of you looking for a Charles Goodman in Montgomery County. Check out this copy from Read More >
August 26, 2010
The Disappearing Mid-Century Modern Safeways
One of the mid-century modern “Marina” style Safeway stores in the area will be disappearing. This one on Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive in Wheaton, most likely from the 1960s, will be replaced with with a mixed-used development.
The Marina name comes from the the first Safeway of this design Read More >
August 25, 2010
Mid-Century Modern Office Space: Silver Spring’s Technical Service Park
On the new season of “Mad Men,” Don Draper and the rest of the crew have new digs in the Wallace Harrison-designed Time-Life Building. Anyone looking for their own mid-century office space? I came across Technical Service Park on Linden Lane in Silver Spring a few weeks Read More >
August 24, 2010
The Mid-Century Modernism of Mission 66
The 1957 Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Photos by Stephen Aserkoff.
It’s hot in D.C and almost August. Congress is preparing for its extended “recess.” With many people planning their escapes (especially those still without power), I thought it would be good to highlight the mid-century modernism of the country’s Read More >
July 28, 2010
Modern Capital Snags 2nd Place in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Contest
Modern Capital Snags 2nd Place in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Contest
Michael Shapiro’s mix of vintage and new modern furnishings takes 2nd place in the paper’s ‘Mad Men’ Look contest.
July 24, 2010
Modern Capital’s Pad Places 2nd in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Look Contest
A shot of our cathedral ceiling living room. George Nelson lamp hanging from the 12-foot ceiling and art by Campbell Laird.
‘Mad Men’ meets Modern Capital. Our do-it-yourself interior design helped my wife and me garner second place in the Washington Post’s ‘Mad Men’ look contest that is running in Read More >
July 24, 2010
1953 Mid-Century Modern in Pine Spring; Other New Listings
Some of D.C.'s leading mid-century modern architects designed the homes in Pine Spring.
Pine Spring in Falls Church is home to 121 modest mid-centuries designed by the local modernist all-star team team of Arthur Keyes, Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Nicholas Satterlee and Francis Donald Lethbridge. Homes in the community were first built Read More >
July 17, 2010
Modern Capital Mad Men Giveaway
With all the excitement building for Mad Men’s fourth season, which begins July 25, I have a giveaway that would fit nicely into your Mad Men collection. If you need to brush up on what happened last season or you have not yet seen the latest between Don and Betty Read More >
July 16, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Mid-Century Cooling in Berkeley Springs
A mid-18th Century place to cool down in Berkeley Springs contrasts with a more modern way seen below.
Berkeley Springs State Park in West Virginia features two mid-century ways to relax and cool off from the summer heat–one is mid-18th Century and the other is mid-20th Century. You can take Read More >
July 14, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
Post’s Kennicott Takes a New Look at Mies’s MLK Library
The black I-beams of Mies's MLK library in D.C.
If you were away for the weekend, check out Phillip Kennicott’s piece re-examaning Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and its new neighbor that will rise on the adjacent site of the former First Congregational Read More >
May 31, 2010
Modern Snapshot: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensignton
I like the stone and mid-century font of the church sign.
The 1968 St. Paul’s United Methodist Church building in Kensington is the fourth the congregation has had since its founding in 1885. The current mid-century modern sanctuary was built after fire destroyed the previous sanctuary and heavily damaged other buildings, Read More >
May 24, 2010
Modernism in Washington: A Brief History
Victor Lundy's U.S. Tax Court is one of the MCM buildings highlighted in the study.
If you want a concise history of mid-century modernism in Washington, pull up your favorite Eames chair and read “Modernism in Washington” a 20-page brochure published at the end of last year by D.C.’s Historic Preservation Read More >
May 20, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Brazilian Chancery
The 1971 Brazilian Chancery on Massachusetts Avenue was designed by Brazilian architect Olavo Redig de Campos. The Miesian, floating glass box is currently undergoing interior renovations. Stay tuned for a post highlighting images from the Danish and Finnish embassies from last weekend’s European embassy tour. We never made it Read More >
May 12, 2010
Exploring D.C.’s Modern Embassies
See the Finnish Embassy on Saturday along with other modern embassies.
Are you ready for another tour this Saturday after exploring Hollin Hills last week? I hope so because this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you have an opportunity to explore the mid-century modern and modern embassies of the Read More >
May 5, 2010
Two New Listings in Hammond Wood
After writing a lot about Hollin Hills, with the recent home and garden tour and the 13 active and under contract listings, it is time to cross the river into Maryland for two listings in a much smaller neighborhood by Charles Goodman, Hammond Wood. The 58-home mid-century modern Read More >
May 5, 2010
It’s Easy Being Green–and Modern
Think of all the energy it would take to knock down this Hollin Hills home and to build a new one.
With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year, D.C. Modern Luxury Editor in Chief Karen Sommer Shallet recently put out a “green” issue (in which Modern Capital Read More >
May 4, 2010
Hollin Hills Ticket Givewaway Winner
Barrel-roof Goodman townhomes in River Park.
Christopher in Charles Goodman’s River Park is the winner of the pair of free tickets to this year’s Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour being held May 1. Here is his submission:
“My favorite mid-century building? My Charles Goodman River Park barrel-roof townhouse. Our little Read More >
April 30, 2010
1933 D.C. Colonial with Woodard Smith Modern Addition – 699K; Open 4/27
Smith's open stairway design in the 1970s addition.
This 1933 home could be a good choice for a couple that might not see eye-to-eye on design. A 3 bedroom/2 bath traditional colonial home with a twist: a renovation and modern addition by none other than Chloethiel Woodard Smith, who I Read More >
April 26, 2010
Post Magazine Highlight’s Another Mid-Century Modern
Hugh Newell Jacobsen's 1976 'Three Linked Pavilions.'
Is there a modern revolution taking place in Washignton? Are people rebelling against traditional homes and the McMansionization of the area? For the second time in a matter of months, the Washington Post magazine is highlighting a nicely updated mid-century home by a leading Read More >
April 24, 2010
Two Mid-Century Contemporaries in Mohican Hills
This Japanese-inspired mid-century is listed for $989K.
My custom mid-century modern listing in Mohican Hills in Bethesda is under contract and going to closing, but here are two other mid-century contemporaries on the market in the neighborhood full of modern homes. This four bed/three bath home from 1959 has been totally Read More >
April 22, 2010
Modern Snapshot: LAX’s 1961 Theme Building
Here’s a little taste of West Coast mid-century modernism. The New York Times reported the other day that the effort to repair and stabilize the iconic 1961 Theme Building at LAX is nearly complete after three years and more than $12 million. The space-agey, flying saucer-like structure was Read More >
April 20, 2010
Post Highlights Hollin Hills; Home and Garden Tour May 1
Two weeks before the 2010 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour, the Post ran a featured piece in Saturday’s paper about the award-winning, mid-century modern community south of Alexandria. I like how Nancy McKeon ends the article, which features one of the homes on the tour:
“A lot of those things Read More >
April 18, 2010
Open Houses in Rock Creek Woods
This 5/3 Goodman listed at $585K is open 1 to 4 on Sunday.
While the peak of the neighborhood’s cherry blossoms may have passed, there is still good reason to head to Rock Creek Woods on Sunday (April 18): two open houses. A For Sale By Owner offered at $550K that Read More >
April 17, 2010
Modern Capital Makes DC Mag’s Home Hotlist
The March/April issue of DC magazine is the luxury magazine’s Home and Fashion Special, which focused this year on local eco-smart, modern design and preservation efforts. I’m happy to say that Modern Capital made the magazine’s Home Hotlist for my efforts to write about the region’s mid-century modern Read More >
April 15, 2010
Nationwide Open House Weekend
Hugh Newell Jacobsen's 1976 'Three Linked Pavilions'
With the National Association of Realtors (I am a member) promoting Nationwide Open House weekend, I did a MRIS search and found 90 open houses for Sunday (April 11) in D.C. and the immediate surrounding suburbs listed under the “contemporary” category. From these Read More >
April 10, 2010
Modern Capital Makes DC Magazine’s Home Hotlist
DC magazine’s Home Hotlist
Modern Capital makes DC magazine’s latest Home Hotlist. “Check out Michael Shapiro’s blog, a useful resource for researching mid-century homes,” the magazine recommends.
April 4, 2010
Two 1970s Deck Houses in Fairfax, McLean
With spring finally here, take a look at these two 1970s contemporaries by Deck House. Both are on large lots with plenty of surrounding nature. This one on .75 acres in Mantua in Fairfax is from 1979 and is listed at $799K. This one in McLean was built in 1975 Read More >
April 4, 2010
Modern Snapshot: The Inn of Rosslyn
I’ve driven by The Inn of Rosslyn on Route 50 many times, but never seemed to have time to actually stop to take pictures. I finally did the other day so here are a few shots of the former Motel 50, built by William D. Green in 1957. The mid-century Read More >
March 11, 2010
Post Magazine Highlights Mid-Century Modernism in D.C.
Still getting over some jet lag from my trip overseas, but the Post magazine’s extensive cover story this past weekend has helped perk me up. The effort to highlight mid-century modernism here in Washington got a nice boost with Annie Groer‘s piece about the updating of the home Read More >
February 22, 2010
Modern Capital Part of DC’s “Mod Squad”
Washington Post Magazine
Modern Capital is highlighted as part of D.C.’s “Mod Squad” of local resources for MCM fans.
February 19, 2010
Modern Capital’s New Home
Welcome to Modern Capital’s new home, moderncapitaldc.com. The goal of the redesign is to allow for an easier-to- navigate site and thus a richer experience for you, the site’s readers. I want to first thank my brother, Daniel Shapiro, an artist in Pittsburgh, for his original Modern Capital logo Read More >
February 19, 2010
Modern in the Middle East
It’s midnight here in Jerusalem and I need to go to sleep, but wanted to urge you to check out my twitter feed for some more images of some of the mid-century modern architecture here in Israel. The above shot is Read More >
February 15, 2010
Modern Capital’s Den Makeover
Being in the house since Friday except for a brief escape on Tuesday, my wife and I have been spending a lot of time in our den catching up on episodes of “Mad Men.” After several years, the space is finally at a point that Read More >
February 10, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Custom Crafters Sign in Kensington
February 8, 2010
More Morris in Miami
If you have read this blog for some time, you know I am no fan of the snow and cold. So here are a few more shots from Lincoln Road, the mid-century open-air pedestrian mall by MiMo master Morris Lapidus. Lincoln Road is celebrating Read More >
February 6, 2010
More MiMo Amid the Snow
After the snow this weekend and with the frigid temperature, I figured everyone could use a little bit more from Miami. Here’s my earlier post on the work of Miami Modern (MiMo) master Morris Lapidus, who designed townhomes in Southwest, the Capitol Skyline Hotel and and the Read More >
January 31, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Former Hine Junior High School
January 25, 2010
Guest Blogging @ Vastu’s Design Clique
A flat-roof MCM by Charles Goodman in Hollin Hills.
Vastu’s always informative blog, Design Clique, has focused on mid-century modern design this week. Check out my guest post dispelling the conventional wisdom that the D.C. area has no mid-century modern homes and that people into modern Read More >
January 8, 2010
Happy New Year with a Touch of MiMo
A view of Lapidus’ original Fontainebleau from the boardwalk.
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope 2010 will be filled with health, happiness and lots of mid-century modern goodness. Here are just a few shots to help warm you up as we kick of the new Read More >
December 31, 2009
Rejuvenation Hourglass Fixture Giveaway
Rejuvenation’s new Asterix chandelier.
Rejuvenation, the purveyor of period-authentic lighting and other housing hardware, is promoting its new mid-century modern Hourglass Collection with a special giveaway. All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list from now until Jan. 26. The collection Read More >
December 22, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Modern Capital in Los Angeles
It’s cold and raining out. Here are few shots from my trip to LA in June to warm you up.
December 13, 2009
Mid-Century Takoma Park Theater Destroyed by Fire
The mid-century Allen Theater on New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park was destroyed by fire this weekend. The theater opened in 1951 and closed in 1990. The building had been housing a clothes and shoe store. The Just Up the Pike blog has good details and vintage photos here.
December 7, 2009
David Jameson Speaking at National Building Museum Tomorrow Evening (Dec. 1)
Jameson’s Jigsaw Residence in Bethesda
Alexandria-based architect David Jameson, FAIA, will discuss his exploration of proportion, volume, light, and material in projects including the BlackWhite House, Jigsaw Residence (see the pic I snapped yesterday above), and Hooper’s Island House. The event, Read More >
November 30, 2009
Modern Snapshot: St. Mary’s Church in Rockville
St. Mary’s Church in Rockville is very historic. Founded in 1813, it’s original building was built in 1817 and was the first brick Catholic church in the country. It is the oldest church in Rockville still in use and is the site of the graves Read More >
November 26, 2009
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to say thank you for reading the past three years. I also want to thank my wife and kids for putting up with my obsession. I’ll try not to blog today, but I can’t promise.
November 26, 2009
Modern Snapshot: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy? Building
Here is a slideshow of the 1960 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy building at 3615 Wisconsin Ave. I like the abundance of stone, glass and tile. Still not sure who designed this. Anyone have any ideas?
November 21, 2009
MCM and Southeast Asian Mix
Modern Capital’s friend Kacy from DWR Bethesda and The Inspired Office had her mid-century modern and Southeast Asian decorated pad in Silver Spring featured on Apartment Therapy. I really like the Nelson Bubble lamp sconces over the bedside tables. My wife and I have Read More >
November 8, 2009
“Visual Acoustics” Premieres in D.C.
Saw “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman” last night. Highly recommend for all D.C. modernists and those who love them. The film by Eric Bricker is at the Landmark E Street Cinema for one week. Here’s a good review by the Post‘s Philip Kennicott.
November 6, 2009
The Brady Bunch and Ken Freeman
The 1960s “Brady Bunch” House
https://www.flickr.com/photos/voteprime/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Whenever I see a home designed by Ken Freeman in Bradley Park in Bethesda, Mantua in Fairfax or Normandy Estates in Potomac, I can’t help think of the 1960s “California contemporary” home from Read More >
October 28, 2009
Tickets for Julius Shulman Film Now Available
You can now buy tickets for opening night of “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.” The D.C. premiere is Friday, Nov. 6, at the E Street Cinema. The film will be running for a week. I just picked up tickets to the 7:45 p.m. show.
October 28, 2009
Preview of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Can’t wait for the movie to open here in D.C. for a one week run. Starts Friday, Nov. 6 at the E Street Cinema. Here’s a peek. (For those reading this on e-mail, here’s a link.)
October 19, 2009
Modern Capital Contest: Name the 12 Architects Who Have Appeared on the Cover of Time (Won by Karl in Silver Spring)
Charles Goodman is pictured at bottom right.
Congrats to Karl in Silver Spring for being the first to answer the question posed below correctly. These are the names I was looking for:
Frank Lloyd WrightLe CorbusierR. Buckminster FullerPhilip JohnsonWilliam L. PereiraEero SaarinenMinoru YamasakiWilliam A. DelanoEdward StoneWallace K. Read More >
October 17, 2009
Event: Lost River Modern at DWR in Georgetown; 10/24
Modern Capital Sponsor Chris Brown of Lost River Modern will be speaking from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the DWR in Georgetown as part of the D.C. Design Week Lecture Series. Hear Chris describe how he and his family decided Read More >
October 16, 2009
Modern Snapshot: The Wheat Growers’ Building
October 14, 2009
University of Maryland Hosts Exhibit, Film Highlighting Career of Ruth Adler Schnee
The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will be holding an opening lecture and reception Friday at noon for a new exhibit on mid-century modern textile designer Ruth Adler Schnee. A documentary on Schnee’s career, “The Radiant Sun: A Portrait of Designer Ruth Adler Schnee,” by Read More >
October 8, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Mid-Century Bank Near Rockville Town Square
October 5, 2009
Julius Shulman Doc at E Street Cinema Beginning Nov. 6
I just saw the news last night and I’ve heard from some excited readers today . Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, the award-winning documentary by Eric Bricker, will be playing for one week at the E Street Cinema beginning Nov. 6. Can’t wait. See you there.
September 17, 2009
Glass House Donor Tour
One of big disappointments this summer was not getting to see Philip Johnson’s Glass House. I had a ticket. Plans were set. And then I got so sick. On the very day I was supposed to be in New Read More >
September 6, 2009
Arcola in Wheaton
An image of a nice mid-century home is featured in this Post article about the Arcola neighborhood, which borders Wheaton Regional Park.
September 5, 2009
Modern Capital on the Map
Modern Capital made the cut for Dwell’s handy map and listing of Realtors and real estate websites across the United States that specialize in mid-century modern listings. As we approach the three-year anniversary of the blog, I am glad I can continue to uncover and connect people with the Read More >
September 2, 2009
Open House: 1978 Modern Townhouse on the Hill; 8/30
Had to highlight this new listing for a 1978 townhouse on Capitol Hill just for the agent’s description: “Welcome to MOMA on the Hill – Your opportunity to master the fine art of living in a unique modern masterpiece.” The 3/2.5, three-level contemporary is located here and open Read More >
August 28, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Sligo Adventist School in Takoma Park
I recently discovered this sweet mid-century modern school in Takoma Park with all its stone and glass and sprawling zig-zag roof. Cool hanging globe lights as well. Unfortunately, it was almost dark so I could not get good pictures. So with plenty of sunshine the Read More >
August 17, 2009
Discussion: Contractors who Get MCM
People regularly e-mail me looking for contractors, from landscapers to kitchen designers, that “get” MCM and modern design. It can be hard sometimes in this town to find such people so I have set up a Facebook discussion here as place where Modern Capital readers can connect and provide recommendations Read More >
August 10, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Safeway with Marina-Style Roof, Silver Spring
According to this detailed analysis of the different kind of mid-century modern Safeway store roof lines, I think this one at 116 W. University Blvd. in Silver Spring would classify as a Winged Marina, level arch. For more on the history of Safeway and Read More >
August 5, 2009
D.C.’s Taylor Gourmet Featured in Dwell
Nothing in my book beats good design and top notch food. I like when I can combine my two passions.
On Thursday, a friend and I headed to Taylor Gourmet for lunch and found multiple copies of Dwell on the Read More >
July 31, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Eugene Meyer School on 11th St., N.W.
Cool zig–zag lines on this mid-century elementary school named after Eugene Meyer, who bought the Washington Post in 1933 and was the father of legendary Post publisher Katherine Graham.
July 21, 2009
RIP: Julius Shulman
Sad news from California. LA Times: “Julius Shulman, whose luminous photographs of homes and buildings brought fame to a number of mid-20th century Modernist architects and made him a household name in the architectural world, died Wednesday night. He was 98.”
Thanks for the images, Julius. Listien to a 2005 Read More >
July 16, 2009
The Modern Embassies of D.C.
Writer Aaron Britt, an editor at Dwell, posts on the magazine’s blog about the modern embassies he saw while in D.C. in the spring, including the Danish Embassy, which I wrote about here. Larry Van Dyne in a Washingtonian piece said embassies “were pioneers in Read More >
July 13, 2009
Post Highlight Jacobsen’s SAS Royal
Jacobsen’s Room 606 in the SAS Royal Hotel.Photo by Richard Moross.
The Post‘s Travel section has a nice piece on Arne Jacobsen’s SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, which is preparing for its 5oth anniversary. Request Room 606 if you go. It’s the only part Read More >
July 12, 2009
Visiting an Icon: The Eames House
Los Angeles—The first thing that hits you as you walk up the long driveway to the Eames House (Case Study House #8, 1949) in Pacific Palisades is the pungent, sweet aroma of flowers. As you Read More >
July 8, 2009
Happy 4th: MCM Treats From the Beach
Hope everyone had a good 4th no matter where you are. Here are some of my favorite MCM houses and buildings from the Ventnor/Margate area at the Jersey shore. I snapped these on my bike ride this morning. While many of the the homes are more traditional in nature, there Read More >
July 4, 2009
Apartment Zero Closing, RIP Good Eye
Good Eye has closed.
The Post reports this morning that Apartment Zero is closing its Penn Quarter store and will open a web store and beef up its design services. This comes a few months after Good Eye, the long-time purveyor of vintage mid-century modern design on Wisconsin Avenue, Read More >
July 2, 2009
Reminder: Get Updates from Modern Capital in LA on Twitter
Spent the day yesterday at Dwell on Design. Checking out CA Boom and heading to see the Eames House and Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House today. Follow highlights at www.twitter.com/moderncapital and I will try to post more here tonight.
June 27, 2009
Follow Modern Capital at Dwell on Design This Weekend
I’m heading out to LA this weekend for the Dwell on Design conference. I’m excited to attend my first D on D and look forward to bringing you the latest from the annual modern confab. Look for updates on the blog and via Twitter.
June 24, 2009
Two Modern Retreats Near the Water in Maryland
It’s summer, so if you are looking for a retreat by the water, check out these two homes in Maryland.
This 1970 white brick contemporary is located in Pasadena on 1.38 acres right on the Chesapeake. I wish there were interior shots of this 2/4.5, nearly 6,000 square Read More >
June 20, 2009
Washington Post Architecture Critic Calls Modern Capital a “Great Website”
Phillip Kennicott’s Blog
Washington Post architecture critic says Modern Capital is “great website if you’re passionate about mid-century architecture.”
June 18, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Court’s Modern Appeal
Modern addition to D.C.’s Old City Hall building
Here’s a shot of the modern addition to the Old City Hall building in Judiciary Square that’s now the new home of the District Court of Appeals. The Post‘s architecture critic Philip Kennicott gives the design by architect Hany Hassan the Read More >
June 17, 2009
Mid-Century Mod Wallpaper
June 6, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Mid-Century Bank in Arlington
Submitted by Robyn in Arlington, this early 1960s building at 3018 Columbia Pike in Arlington was originally built as First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Arlington and dedicated February 28, 1962. It was originally a light, mint-green colored brick. C’mon SunTrust, bring back that funky green. Read More >
May 21, 2009
Open House Roundup for Sunday, April 26
Too many house, too little time. Here’s a quick roundup of some interesting homes open on Sunday. I have posted some of these before, while others are new to the site. Now you just have to decide which ones you are going to see. Have fun.
The I.M. Pei/Hugh Newell Jacobsen Read More >
April 25, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Mid-Century Print Shop in Kensington, MD
A mid-century commercial building in Kensington. I shot this with my iPhone so the image is a little fuzzy. Note to self: Bring the nice camera that your lovely wife bought you so you can take good pictures of buildings.
April 20, 2009
Modernism in a ‘Classic’ Capital
Here’s a link to “Renewing the Nation’s Capital: Modernist Washington, D.C.,” an article in the Spring issue of Modernism by local preservation expert Kim A. O’Connell. She gives a nice overview of modernism in the city, discussing the key architects and buildings that helped shape the modern landscape in the Read More >
March 30, 2009
Modern Capital’s House: Before and After Dining Room Pix
Since moving to our 1956 Bethesda split-level more than three years ago, my wife and I have been working on redecorating our dining room. We finally put or old IKEA table and chairs in our storage closet in the basement. We replaced them with a vintage Eames table and vinyl-covered Read More >
March 23, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Inside the Pan Am Building
Here are some images from inside the 1965 Pan American Health Organization building designed by Uruguayan architect Roman Fresnedo Siri. Here are some exterior images I posted earlier.
March 22, 2009
Modernism Magazine on D.C.
Did anyone get their Spring 2009 copy of Modernism? I was just perusing the online edition and saw that local preservation expert Kim A. O’Connell has a piece titled “Renewing the Nation’s Capital: Modernist Washington, D.C.” They don’t have this article posted online, so go grab a copy if Read More >
March 20, 2009
Modern Snapshot: Sibley Hospital, 1961
I took these shots nearly 15 months ago when our son was born and just came across them. Sibley opened in 1895 and by 1925 filled the entire block on North Capitol Street at Pierce and M Streets. As the hospital expanded, it looked for a larger plot Read More >
March 14, 2009
The Dan Tel Aviv: MCM by the Med
Here’s a little more from my recent trip to Israel. The signature architectural site along the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv is the colorful facade of the Dan Tel Aviv, which opened in 1953 as the young country’s first luxury hotel. Designed by architect Heinz Fenchal, the mid-century Read More >
March 11, 2009
With Economy Down, Time to Invest in Vintage
The radio program Marketplace had a nice piece on Friday on how buying vintage furniture is a smart investment when the economy and markets are facing difficult times. With that in mind, make sure to check out the latest mid-century modern finds from Modern Capital sponsors Home Anthology, Read More >
February 1, 2009
The Glass House
Washington Post columnist Katherine Salant has a nice piece today on her visit to Philip Johnson’s Glass House.
“From the photographs and frequently published floor plan, the house seems to be so simple — a box with four glass walls — that it could have been built from a Read More >
January 10, 2009
Tips for Tending to Your 1950s Bathroom Tile
Does your 1950s bathroom tile needs some TLC? Here are some tips from the Washington Post.
January 4, 2009
Dwell Prefab Issue Features Lost River Modern
A close-up shot of Lost River Modern I took in August.
Did you get the latest copy of Dwell yet? Modern Capital sponsor Lost River Modern is featured in a nice four-page “My House” spread here. The piece tells the story of how local couple Chris Lord and Sarah Johnson Read More >
December 27, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Screen Block in N. Arlington
Here’s some more from my recent tour of Lee Highway in North Arlington. A nice example of concrete screen block used for privacy and decoration in the 1950s and ’60s. The building, which has expansive plate glass windows, is located here. Click on the Google street view for Read More >
December 26, 2008
MCM Commmercial Space in N. Arlington
Anyone looking for a MCM commerical space located here in North Arlington? This 12,000 sq. ft. former home of Federal Bakers, Inc. is available. The roof slants slightly to the left and the green panels are aluminum. The owner says he thinks the building is from the late Read More >
December 25, 2008
I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to all of Modern Capital’s readers. I wish everyone a very healthy, prosperous and modern New Year. Thanks for reading.
December 25, 2008
Modern Change We Can Believe In?
The Washington Post’s Phillip Kennicott takes a look at the renovated National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology) and does not entirely like what he sees. Opened in 1964 Read More >
December 14, 2008
Two Chloethiel Woodard Smith Condos in Capitol Park, Potomac Place
Here are two listings for a Chloethiel Woodard Smith Capitol Park townhouse and efficiency in Potomac Place Tower (formerly Capitol Park Apartments).
1961 3/1 corner townhouse – $439K – Click on the virtual tour link for clear images. It has three nice sliding glass doors on the back and side Read More >
December 5, 2008
The Hirshhorn’s History: From Ontario to the National Mall
Hirshhorn Museum as Envisioned by Philip Johnson/Terence Gower
(Courtesy of Terence Gower and Sticky Pictures)
If Joseph Hirshhorn–a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who became known as the Uranium King–had his way, the Hirshhorn Museum and his collection of modern art would be in the wilds of Canada and not on Read More >
December 2, 2008
Event: Grand Opening Reception at Modernicus’ Expanded Gallery
Modern Capital’s first sponsor, Modernicus, is hosting a reception this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. to mark the grand opening of its expanded gallery at the Mt. Vernon Antique Center here in Alexandria. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with other modernists in the new 2,000 square-foot space Read More >
December 1, 2008
Update: More Modern to See in Columbus, Indiania
Following up on my post here about traveling to Columbus, Indiana, to see all of its modern architecture, you may want to delay your trip until Eero Saarinen’s Miller House, which was featured in the National Building Museum’s recent Saarinen retrospective, is open to the public. Read more Read More >
November 22, 2008
Free Vintage 1950s Wall Oven on Craigslist
Anyone looking for a vintage 1950s wall oven? This one is free.
November 16, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Advent Lutheran Church in S. Arlington
Located here in South Arlington, the Advent Lutheran Church was originally built in 1948. It looks like the congregation is examining options of what to do with its flat-roof education wing. “Advent Lutheran Church is in the process of assessing the condition of its 60 year-old Read More >
November 15, 2008
The Influence of Niemeyer’s Brasilia
(This post was written by Modern Capital reader Rob King, a graphic designer in Washington.)
Washington’s Art Museum of the America’s recently staged an excellent exhibit on world-renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, best known for designing the modernist city of Brasilia. Built on empty fields in the early 1960s, Brazil’s capital Read More >
November 5, 2008
MCM Architect William ‘Billy’ Smull Dies at 87
William “Billy” Smull
William Smull, 87, a pioneering post-war modern architect who designed homes in Bannockburn, Lake Barcroft and Northwest D.C., passed away Oct. 4 at the Hebrew Home in Rockville.
During the late forties through the mid-fifties, Mr. Smull was active in the contemporary architecture movement, designing homes throughout Read More >
November 3, 2008
Now that the greater Baltimore area has become somewhat of a bedroom community for D.C. (yoo’ve seen the ads on the Metro and probably know somone who commutes), I’ll highlight now and again some of the mid-century modern homes you can find in the suburbs of Charm City. I can Read More >
October 24, 2008
Columbus, Indiana: Middle America’s Modern Mecca
Saarinen’s North Christian Church, Photo by Greg Hume
I saw that this Sunday’s Washington Post is going to highlight the modern mecca of Columbus, Indiana. I thought I would beat them to the punch. You’re thinking Columbus, Indiana? For those who went to the Eero Saarinen visit at the Read More >
October 22, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Arlington’s Highlander Motor Inn
With Wall Street’s wild ride the past few weeks, I thought the vintage neon sign at the Highlander Motor Inn advertising “MODERATE RATES” was a needed look back at the optomistic and heady days of post-World War II America. This MCM motel, with flat roof, mix of stone Read More >
October 6, 2008
Post Reviews Oscar Niemeyer Retrospective
The Post’s Phil Kennicott reviews the Oscar Niemeyer retrospective at the Art Museum of the Americas that I previewed here.
“Niemeyer hasn’t chased trends, he hasn’t had a silly postmodern phase, dabbled in the Zen of glass boxes or blown apart his voluptuous forms in a nod to deconstruction,” Read More >
October 5, 2008
Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in London to Meet Wrecking Ball?
With the United States looking to build a new embassy in London, Eero Saarinen’s massive 1960 concrete and stone building in Grosvenor Square will likely meet the wrecking ball becasue it sits on prime real esate that is estimated to be worth close to $900 million. Peter Wetherell, a Read More >
October 4, 2008
Share Modern Capital
I added the ShareThis plugin to help spread the word about Modern Capital. Here are some stats (from August) to give you a sense of the community that reads the blog:
6,600 total visitsClose to 3,000 unique readersMore than 15,000 pageviews
Top five states by number of visits:
Top five countries by Read More >
September 18, 2008
Exhibit: Oscar Niemeyer at 100
The Art Museum of the America’s is marking legendary modernist Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s 1ooth birthday with a retrospective of his career, which is still going strong.
The exhibit features original plans and sketches, video and photography footage and scale models of his major projects, including the U.N., Read More >
September 16, 2008
Arlington Lustron Sprouts in NYC
The Krowne Lustron
One of the 11 pre-fab, porcelain steel enameled Lustrons built in Arlington County after World War II that had been disassembled has been rebuilt in the middle of New York City. Inside the the Museum of Modern Art. The Lustron, which was donated to Arlington County Read More >
September 11, 2008
Pecking Turkeys? More on People Who Live in Glass Houses…
Photo by tinyfroglet
The Wall Street Journal has a piece on some of the issues those living in glass houses deal with (faded furniture and pecking turkeys to name a few) that did not come up in the discussion here. The story also talks about the high-profile Read More >
August 31, 2008
For all of you who are not fans of granite countertops (I know there are a few of you out there), local interior designer Annie Elliot writes on her Bossy Blog about the return of laminate.
August 30, 2008
Wildwood: Mid-Century Mecca at the Beach
With summer coming to a close, why not take one more trip to the beach while checking out cool mid-century architecture. Less than 200 miles from Washington, the Wildwoods (Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest) at the Jersey shore have the country’s largest concentration of mid-century commercial architecture from the 1950s Read More >
August 28, 2008
Smithsonian Exhibition: Washington Painting at Midcentury
With most of your co-workers (and more importantly your bosses) at the beach, take a long lunch one of these days at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to take in the show, Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury. The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 13, highlights 27 large-scale paintings created Read More >
August 18, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
August 12, 2008
The Future is Now: NBM Saarinen Exhibit Ends August 23
If you have not been down to the National Building Museum yet to see Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, don’t wait too long. The exhibit on Saarinen’s illustrious but shortened career (he died when he was 51), is rich and engaging. It took me four visits to Read More >
August 12, 2008
The Meaning of McMansions, Modern Design
Did you see Columbia University architecture professor Gwendolyn Wright’s interesting piece in yesterday’s Post on the what the homes we build say about about us? Wright, the author of “USA: Modern Architectures in History,” had a pretty harsh critique of McMansions as you can see below.
“The New Economy of Read More >
August 11, 2008
Discussion: Those who live in glass houses…have to deal with….
It’s fun to look at cool MCM houses online or to go to open houses, but what are the unique issues or problems that go along with actually owning one when you decide to buy. The question was posed by one Modern Capital reader and assume on the minds of Read More >
August 7, 2008
Cool Danish Digs in D.C.
Talk about Danish modern. For its piece on the Mad men and woman of Washington, the Washington Post took six of D.C.’s top advertising executives, dressed them in ‘60s-style garb and brought them to the Danish ambassador’s residence in all of its Danish modern glory. “Washington has Read More >
July 21, 2008
Virtual MoMA Tour; Phillip Johnson at the Kreeger
If your plans to flee Washington this summer are more focused on the beach rather than a drive to New York City, take a quick peek at some images from MoMA to tide you over until your next visit. If you do Read More >
July 9, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Concord Center in Bethesda
Nice zig zag roof on the sidewalk overhang at the Concord Center located in Bethesda. Looks like the the mid-century school building houses various Montessori and nursery programs and is used for community events.
June 28, 2008
A Modern Weekend
Here are a couple of modern-related activities for next weekend, June 21-22.
Take the whole family to the National Building Museum for ARCHitecture Family Day on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am to 4 pm. The free event will celebrate Eero Saarinen’s iconic works, including models of the architect’s structures made Read More >
June 15, 2008
McInturff on Modernism in D.C.
In an short interview with the Washington Post Home section, Bethesda-based modern architect Mark McInturff discusses how he blends traditional architecture with modern additions and says modernism has gained more of an acceptance here in the last decade:
“It’s much more desirable and accepted than it was five or 10 years Read More >
June 12, 2008
A Night of Eames, Beer and Popcorn
The Design Within Reach Adam Morgan Studio will hold a screening June 19 of seven of the more than 100 films Charles and Ray Eames produced between 1950 and 1982. (See the short film the couple produced showing their Lounge Chair being assembled. It was shown on NBC in 1956 Read More >
June 9, 2008
Modern Architect Goes Modern at Home
The Post highlights architect Andrew Rollman of the SmithGroup and the transformation of his own living space, which is now very white and decked out with the designs of Bertoia, Knoll and Saarinen. Here’s a slideshow of images.
June 6, 2008
Modern Snapshot: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
The Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of its building, a mid-century modern structure with vast expanses of glass tucked into the woods at the corner of Cedar Lane and Beach Drive in Bethesda. The building was designed by Pietro Belluschi, Read More >
May 24, 2008
Saarinen: The First ‘Starchitect’?
The Washington Post’s architecture critic Philip Kennicott reviews (includes a short slideshow)the Eero Saarinen exhibit at the National Building Museum. He delves into Saarinen’s eclectic career and suggests that the Finnish-American may have been the first “starchitect.” Excerpt below:
“The National Building Museum has a decent bullet-point summary for Read More >
May 12, 2008
Saarinen Retrospective: Shaping the Future at the National Building Musuem; Begins May 3
Eero Saarinen’s future was, sadly, cut short. The modernist architect and designer of some of the most recognizable mid-century modern furniture designs (think Tulip chair) passed away at the age of 51 from a brain tumor. In his short life, Saarinen, who immigrated to the United States from Finland Read More >
May 2, 2008
Modern Capital: Picked to Click by Washington Post
The blog got a nice mention in the Post yesterday. Terri Sapienza highlighted Modern Capital in her Blog Watch column that appears weekly in the Home Section. Hopefully, the exposure will bring more MCM fans out of the woodwork here in D.C.
May 2, 2008
Modern Capital’s Review of the 2008 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour
Washington Post’s Blog Watch
The Post’s Blog Watch column highlights Modern Capital’s review of the 2008 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour.
April 30, 2008
The Kitchen that Henry Built
Regular readers of this blog know my frustration when I see mid-century modern homes here in our area with the cliche-of-the-moment granite and stainless steel kitchens. Do people realize that, in most cases, this particular combination just does not work? So then people ask me, “Mike, what should Read More >
April 16, 2008
Fulfilling a 30-Year Eames ‘Craving’
The Post‘s Housewatch columnist Katherine Salant waxes poetically about her 30-year “craving” to own an Eames lounge chair.
“The first time I sat in an Eames lounge chair, I was hooked,” she writes. “It was simply the most wonderful chair I had ever encountered, its curved and playful profile unlike Read More >
January 12, 2008
Modern Capital’s House
From our house to yours: Happy Holidays.
With few new homes coming on the market this time of year, I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a peak into my house, as a number of readers have asked. We live in a 1956 split-level (with four levels) in Read More >
December 24, 2007
Collecting the Modern Classics of the Future; Dec. 14 Event at RCKNDY
Mid-Century modern design is high demand, but what modern designs of today will be must-have classics 50 years from now?
Architect Lisa Roberts, a design consultant for the Cooper Hewett Museum of Design and author of Antiques of the Future, will discuss collecting current 21st century design Dec. 14 at Read More >
December 6, 2007
Modern Capital Spawns New Blog – Modern Snob
I wanted to let everyone know that I launched a new blog called Modern Snob. (I am writing this with my head cocked back and my nose high up in the air as all good snobs do.) In putting together Modern Capital, I come across many cool items that Read More >
December 2, 2007
D.C.’s Kreeger Museum to Hold Exhibit on Phillip Johnson
The Kreeger Museum, designed by Phillip Johnson and Richard Foster, will host the exhibition Philip Johnson: Architecture as Art next year from March 15 through July 31. The exhibit will showcase the relationship between art and architecture as seen by Philip Johnson in his late works. Johnson Read More >
September 17, 2007
A Federal Case: Classical vs. Modernism
Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis writes about the federal courthouse design debate: Classical vs. modernism.
September 15, 2007
Where’s the Love for MCM?
Musings by the Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout wondering why more people don’t like mid-century modern homes.
September 6, 2007
A New Look for a Growing Community
I got the idea last fall for Modern Capital when I was looking for a comprehensive resource about mid-century modern architecture and real estate here in D.C. When my searches turned up empty, I decided to just create one on my own.
The site has grown from just a few hundred Read More >
July 26, 2007
Slate Slideshow on Corcoran’s Modernism Exhibit
If you’re not able to make it down to the Corcoran’s Modernism show before it closes on July 29, you can see some of the exhibits in this Slate slideshow.
July 12, 2007
Times Gives Mixed Review of Johnson’s Glass House
Here’s the New York Times piece on Phillip Johnson’s Glass House. Nicolai Ouroussoff gives the house a mixed review. There is a good slide show of images accompanying the story.
July 8, 2007
WashPost: The Very Model of a Modernism Capital
Did you see today’s Road Trip column in the Washington Post? The weekly local travel column highlights a modern tour of DC, including:
A stop at the Corcoran’s modernism exhibit
The Finnish Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue
A few stores selling modern wares.
The Post missed the mark for not highlighting some of the Read More >
May 13, 2007
D.C. to New Canaan or Bust: Johnson’s Glass House Now Open
If you are looking for a good road trip to escape D.C. this summer, head up to New Canaan, Conn., to see Philip Johnson’s Glass House, which is now open to the public for the first time since it was built in 1949. But you’ll have to wait until Read More >
May 3, 2007
WashPost: ’20th Century Rocks’
Today’s Washington Post Home section has a cover piece on the growing popularity of mid-century modern furniture. What took them so long?
March 8, 2007
Embracing the Mid-Century Bathroom–Or Not
To embrace the mid-century bathroom or not? That is the question posed by an article in Thursday’s Washington Post Home section. The article gives tips on how to better maximize the look of that pink or powder blue ceramic-tiled bathroom. It also discusses options if you’re not a fan Read More >
January 27, 2007
Importance of the Mid-Century Ranch
The Washington Post Real Estate section ran an interesting piece by Katharine Salant, a Harvard-trained architect and long-time journalist, on the history of the ranch and how its simple, modern design has become the basis for most American homes.
“Just peel away those Tuscan touches and Tudor treatments and take Read More >
December 31, 2006
D.C.’s ‘Disappearing’ Ranches
The Washington Post Real Estate section ran a piece yesterday detailing the increasing trend of people in the D.C. area turning modest mid-century single-story ranches into anything other than modest mid-century single-story ranches.
Described as “an American architectural problem child,” the Post article says “ranches fell into disfavor, and now Read More >
November 26, 2006