June 6, 2011 Alcoa Care-Free Home, Charles Goodman

Goodman Alcoa Care-Free House for Sale in Michigan – $244K

Alcoa Care-Free Home
I was checking out the mid-century modern real estate forum on LottaLiving today and found this Charles Goodman Alcoa Care-Free House for sale in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Goodman designed the home in 1957 based on feedback from the 1956 Women’s Congress on Housing. With Alcoa backing the project, Goodman used aluminum in various areas of the house, including the roof, exterior wall panels and framing for sliding glass doors.  According to the original brochure, various builders constructed models in 16 states as a way to show off Alcoa’s aluminum products. There is one in Hollin Hills and one near Richmond.

The late Sarah Booth Conroy of the Washington Post described Goodman’s creation like this in a Nov. 14, 1957, article: “A house as full of color as a Picasso painting, yet as carefree as a piece of plastic. A house as new as research can make it, yet as rooted in love of beauty as the renaissance.”

Here’s a great renovation blog by a couple who purchased an Alcoa Care-Free House in Minnesota early this year.