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River Park Washington DC

  • Charles Goodman-designed apartment in River Park My New Listing: Unit in River Park by Charles Goodman

    Here is my latest listing in the Charles Goodman-designed River Park in Southwest DC. It is a renovated 1 bed/1 bath unit in the mid-century modern enclave’s high-rise building in walking distance to Metro. (Photos by Tod Connell.) You can see a quick Read More >

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    April 24, 2020

  • Renovations at Goodman’s River Park

    River Park, opened in 1962, is a mid-century modern cooperative housing project of townhomes and an apartment block built by the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation as a way to showcase aluminum as a building material. The complex was built as part of Southwest Washington’s urban renewal efforts in the late 1950s Read More >

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    May 15, 2018

  • Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park

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

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    January 15, 2014

  • WashPost on 50 Years of Goodman’s River Park

    I wanted to make sure everyone saw the Washington Post’s feature on Charles Goodman’s River Park in Southwest, which opened in 1962 and is celebrating its Golden (Aluminum?) Anniversary. Reporter Monica Hesse delves into the architecture along with the social impact of the community, interviewing long-time Read More >

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    May 15, 2012

  • Charles Goodman’s River Park Townhomes

    Here are a few shots of the townhomes in Charles Goodman’s River Park in Southwest. The black and white shots pay homage to the work of the the late Robert C. Lautman, who was dean of Washington’s architectural photographers and who regularly photographed the work Read More >

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    December 4, 2009

  • A Tour of Southwest

    More than 50 years ago, Southwest D.C. underwent a massive transformation, representing the largest urban renewal project in U.S. history. The project covered 113 blocks, more than 450 acres and led to the relocation of more than 20,000 residents. Amid new development in the area, the question is how Read More >

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    October 14, 2008

  • The World of Windows

    Alexa Yablonski has an interesting piece in the Post‘s Fall Home & Design Issue about how windows were incorporated into various architectural styles over the years, culminating with the liberal use of glass in modern architecture as the price of the material declined. “[I]t wasn’t until the 20th century Read More >

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    September 20, 2008

  • City Paper Blogs About River Park Status

    Following up on an item I did about River Park, the City Paper’s Angela Valdez writes a short update, saying Charles Goodman’s contribution to urban renewal in Southwest during the ’60s is safe for now.

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    June 25, 2008

  • Update: River Park Not Endangered

    In response to the anonymous post I received the other day claiming there was a memo circulating detailing an effort to sell River Park to developers to build a parking garage for the new baseball stadium, sources within River Park said that suggestion is erroneous and that there is “no Read More >

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    January 23, 2008

  • Southwest: Charles Goodman’s River Park High-Rise

    As part of the urban renewal efforts in Southwest in the 1960s, Charles Goodman designed River Park, a mix of 134 townhomes and a 384-unit high-rise complex, which is located on Delaware Avenue. Sponsored by Reynolds Metals, Goodman featured aluminum prominently in his designs. The River Park co-op Read More >

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    January 20, 2008

  • ArchitectureDC on I.M. Pei, Neutra and Goodman Homes in D.C.

    When I was looking for information on the D.C. “Case Study House,” I came across this Summer 2003 issue of ArchitectureDC, a publication of the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
    Not only does it have a short item on that house, but an interesting article (beginning on page Read More >

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    April 19, 2007