September 23, 2015 Alcoa Care-Free Home

Goodman’s Alcoa House in Portland for Sale – $950K


The Charles Goodman-designed Alcoa Care-free Home in Portland is on the market for $950K. The listing does not mention Goodman but does refer to the local builder, W.C. Bauman. While the exterior looks untouched, the inside has see updates.

Goodman designed the home 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.”

For more info on the the Alcoa Care-free, check out this site by the new owner of the model built in Rochester, N.Y.