April 12, 2010 Mid-Century Modern

Endangered: Mid-Century Modern Goodman on 1+ Acre in Potomac – $675K

I briefly wrote about this Charles Goodman-designed home in Potomac last summer. It quickly went under contract when it was listed; it is now back on the market. The listing says the “value is in the land, renovate or tear down.” Will a mid-century modern aficionado buy this or will the land be used for another McMansion, a number of which have been built in the neighborhood originally limited to mid-century modern home designs?

The house, which sits on 1.23 acres, looks like a Unit Type H.H. 10, which is based on earlier models designed for Hollin Hills. It is a 4/3 two-level house appears like a ranch from the front but drops to a second level in the back. The home is largely brick with large expanses of glass on the back of the house to take in the large, wooded lot. I was there yesterday and saw deer and a fox. There is also a large end-gable chimney. See more images here.

The site plan for Hollinridge, located on Lloyd Road and Brevern Court, was designed by Goodman for a team of developers that included Robert Davenport, who built Hollin Hills, according to architectural historian Elizabeth Jo Lampl’s history of Goodman’s homes in Montgomery County. Goodman designed a number of the homes in Hollinridge, but the developers later sold lots to individual buyers mandating that they build homes in the contemporary style. (That covenant is no longer in effect as you can see if you drive through the neighborhood.) In addition to several Goodman houses, you can find the work of Thomas Wright, Arthur Newburg, Richardson & Bruce, Carl Freeman and two prefab Alside homes. The homes are situated on large, wooded lots as Goodman designed the community to preserve the trees and landscape.

Will someone preserve this home?