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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

  • Under Contract: Renovated Goodman Townhouse in River Park

    I just listed a sought after Charles M. Goodman-designed barrel-roof  townhome in the mid-century modern enclave of River Park in Southwest DC. I will be holding an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 pm. It is offered at $649,000. This architect-owned and renovated space Read More >

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    October 11, 2018

  • 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 Townhouse in River Park – $599K

    More than 50 years ago, Southwest DC underwent a massive transformation, representing at the time the largest urban renewal project in U.S. history. The effort to create a “modernist Utopia” in the nation’s capital was led by the likes of Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Charles M. Goodman, I.M. Pei, Morris Lapidus, Read More >

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    November 14, 2017

  • 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

  • Goodman River Park Efficiency – $99,700

    When you think of Charles Goodman’s River Park in Southwest, you have to think aluminum.  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 Read More >

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    November 22, 2013

  • 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

  • Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome – $394K

    Here’s a new listing for a 1962 barrel-roof townhome in Charles Goodman’s River Park. The end unit is listed for $394K. You can see images here. A few years before Goodman designed the aluminum-clad townhome and apartment building complex in Southwest DC, Reynolds Metals Company, which sponsored the development, published Read More >

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    September 19, 2011

  • 1962 Goodman Townhouse in River Park – $359K

    For those looking for a mid-century modern place in the city, take a look at this newly listed Charles Goodman-designed townhouse in River Park. From the images, it is one of the nicest units I have seen. It has 3 bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms. As part of Southwest Washington’s urban Read More >

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    June 20, 2011

  • Three New Charles Goodmans Hit the Market

    Charles Goodman
    I’m highlighting three homes by Charles Goodman that hit the market this past week. One each in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. They each represent a different part of his career here in D.C.: townhomes (River Park and Hickory Cluster), single-family builder homes (Hollin Hills, Rock Creek Woods, Read More >

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    March 9, 2011

  • Price Drop: 1966 Goodman River Park Townhouse – $324K

    This Charles Goodman mid-century modern townhouse in River Park is down from its original list price of $399K. It is a corner, flat-roof unit. Goodman was picked to design River Park by Reynolds Metals Company, which developed the co-op in the 1960s to display its aluminum building products. In the 1956 Read More >

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    February 9, 2011

  • 1962 Goodman Townhome in River Park – $329K

    This new listing for a flat-roof mid-century modern townhouse by Charles Goodman in River Park is the lowest priced of the six Goodman’s I see on the market. I know Goodman was influenced by the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but I have never seen a direct connection Read More >

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    January 6, 2011

  • 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

  • 1962 Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park – $419K


    Here’s a new listing for a Charles Goodman barrel-roof townhome (the one on the right) in River Park in Southwest D.C. The 4/2 four-level townhome has a basement, original parquet wood floors and a nice fenced patio area. The kitchen and baths have some non-mid-century modern updates (granite countertops, Read More >

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    July 23, 2008

  • 1962 Goodman End-Unit Barrel-Roof Townhome – $399K

    Here’s another Charles Goodman barrel-roof townhouse in River Park in Southwest. The end-unit has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths over 1,600 sq. ft. Looks like it has a nice backyard patio. Maybe they will throw in the flamingos. See the listing for images.

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    June 28, 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

  • 1962 Barrel-Roof Goodman in River Park – $424K; Open 6/8

    This new listing says this 4/2 barrel-roof Charles Goodman townhome in River Park has $70,000 in upgrades. I could do without the investment in all those paint colors, but the glass tile in the one of the bathrooms looks cool. Many people are using glass tile in their MCM remodels. Read More >

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    May 28, 2008

  • 1962 Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park – $409K

    A newly listed 4/2 Charles Goodman townhome in River Park in Southwest D.C. As part of Southwest’s urban renewal efforts, Goodman was picked to design River Park’s apartment building complex and townhomes by Reynolds Metal. River Park was designed to display the company’s aluminum building products.
    Here’s a good Flickr Read More >

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    March 30, 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

  • Charles Goodman Barrel-Roof Townhome in River Park – $479K

    Here’s a Craigslist listing for a 1960s Charles Goodman aluminum barreled-roof townhome in River Park in Southwest D.C. Says it was renovated, but it it is hard to tell from the few pictures. The kitchen was redone. I would have liked to see what the original kitchen looked like. Goodman Read More >

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    December 7, 2007

  • 1962 Goodman River Park Co-op – $199K; Open 12/2

    Here’s a listing for a 1/1 650 sq. ft. co-op in Charles Goodman’s River Park in Southwest D.C. It’s open on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
    Another 1/1 for $185K.

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    November 30, 2007

  • 1962 Goodman River Park Townhome – $399K; Open 11/4


    Here’s a new listing for a 3/1.5 Charles Goodman townhome located in River Park in Southwest D.C. It’s open tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m.

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    November 3, 2007

  • One-Bedroom in Goodman’s River Park – $179K


    Here’s listing for a 1/1 in a River Park co-op high-rise. River Park in southwest D.C. was designed by Charles Goodman. As part of southwest Washington’s urban renewal efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Goodman’s firm designed River Park, which was built by the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation Read More >

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    October 21, 2007

  • 1962 Goodman River Park Co-op – $119K

    This listing is for a top-floor studio in Charles Goodman’s 1962 River Park co-op in Southwest D.C. As part of southwest Washington’s urban renewal efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Charles Goodman’s firm designed River Park, which was built by the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation to highlight the usefulness Read More >

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    August 12, 2007

  • Renovation Rules

    Interesting piece from the Washington Post real estate section about renovating homes in communities that have strict design guidelines. The story discusses two mid-century modern neighborhoods in the area: Hollin Hills and Carderock Springs.
    Here’s a Post story from 2004 about renovations on area mid-century homes in Crestwood Read More >

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    June 16, 2007

  • 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