October 23, 2010 Charles Goodman

Charles Goodman’s House for Sale – $1.249 Million

A 1954 photo by Robert Lautman of Charles Goodman’s renovated farmhouse in Alexandria. Courtesy of the National Building Museum

I have written hundreds of posts about Charles Goodman and his architecture during the past four years. However, I don’t think I have devoted to much space to Goodman’s own home, which was just listed for $1.249 million. Goodman and his first wife, Charlotte, originally bought a seven acre property in Alexandria with an existing farmhouse. Goodman would work to remodel the Victorian farmhouse and then attached a new glass house to the existing structure. Goodman also designed the extensive outdoor garden areas. Much of the original land has been sold off to build other houses (alas, McMansions), so the 4 bedroom/3 bath Goodman House now sits on .63 acres. The house won a National AIA Award of Merit in 1955 for its use of pre-fab techniques. The house was originally listed in 2004 for $1.65 million and subtly marketed as a potential tear down (see this Washington City Paper item (scroll down to see “You Can’t Keep a Goodman Up” ). The house did not sell and was on and off the market a few times before being sold in 2006 to the current owners for $1.055 million.  Hope to bring you more on the house this week.