August 15, 2008 Carderock Springs, Flint Hill Virginia, New Mark Commons Rockville MD, Potomac Overlook

Edmund Bennett’s 1973 Contemporary in Bethesda – $2.495 Million; Open 8/17

Here’s your chance to own the former home of developer Edmund Bennett, one of the leading forces behind “contemporary” architecture in the D.C.-area during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bennett built Carderock Springs, New Mark Commons, Potomac Overlook and Flint Hill. His homes can also be found in Kenwood Park and Wildwood Hills. It took Bennett five years to design this 6/5.5, 5,600 sq. ft. home located on nearly an acre in Bradley Hill Grove in Bethesda. Working with architect David Condon, who helped design a number of Bennett’s communities, including Carderock Springs, the home blends inside and outside spaces, including the outside flagstone walk and waterfall that extends into the foyer with flagstone floor and fish pond. You can see the inside pond on the left side of picture below. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated.

The house also incorporates the influences of the De Stilj principle of the “inter-penetration of planes,” which allows the eye to travel through various spaces to give the illusion of greater space, Bennett was quoted as saying in a local newspaper article on the home from a number of years ago.

In the article, Bennett said he preferred contemporary design because, “I had no interest in living in the past, which in effect, is what people do when they buy a Williamsburg colonial.” The house is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, if you want to see more of this unique home.