November 17, 2008 I.M. Pei, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra

Dwell Does D.C. and Baltimore

There’s an interesting piece about D.C. in the latest Dwell. Highlighted in its Detour column, Washington is described as “not all political wonks and Masonic conspiracies: It’s also a highly walkable city, its diagonal avenues wide open to modern design.” That’s great, but the piece, which is mainly an interview with Martin Moeller, senior vice president and curator at the National Building Museum, barely delves into the mid-century modern and modern architecture of the city. There’s only passing reference to the Hirshhorn Museum by Gordon Bunshaft, Richard Neutra Brown House, I.M. Pei’s Slayton House (on the market now for $3.45 million; it was originally listed at $4.25 million) and National Gallery East Wing. How can Dwell do a piece like this and not even mention Southwest?

The same issue has another piece of local interest. The Washington Post’s Phillip Kennicott features Marcel Breuer’s Hooper House II near Baltimore. The flat-roof home made of massive fieldstone walls and glass is only one of four residences designed by the architect in Maryland, including one located in Bethesda. More on that later.