March 3, 2016 Mid-Century Modern
Endangered: Earliest MCM on Crail Drive – $1.030 Million
This 1957 house on 1.15 acres on Crail Drive in Bethesda is listed for $1.030 million is being marketed as a tear down. Still owned by the original owners, the house was the first home built on the modern-packed street, according to Montgomery County Architectural History Specialist Clare Lise Kelly, who recently wrote Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979. Crail Drive features a concentration of custom mid-century modern homes on large lots in the woods. Some of the homes were designed by the likes of leading modernists Harold Esten, Hewell Newell Jacobsen and Jack Cohen. A few years ago, one home by Esten was leveled and replaced with a massive traditional-exterior clad house. Will a modernist buy and save this one?