December 13, 2015 Mid-Century Modern

Open House: 1950 Expanded Goodman in Hammond Hill – $369K

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This expanded Charles Goodman-designed ranch in Hammond Hill was just listed for $369K and open today from 2-4 pm. Hammond Hill is a small, 20-home mid-century modern community by Charles Goodman on the northeast side of Viers Mill Road in Wheaton. It sits just across the road from Hammond Wood, which is in the National Register of Historic Places and where Michael Cook and I are doing this project.

The homes in Hammond Hill, which Goodman designed in 1949 and cost $10,750, were all sold the first week on the market, according to a history of Goodman’s Montgomery County neighborhoods written by Elizabeth Jo Lampl, an architectural historian with the county’s Department of Park and Planning. Goodman made $200 for each house in the neighborhood, which was featured in he June 1950 Architectural Forum.

Clare Lise Kelly, in her new book Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930–1979, writes that “Goodman launched into the arena of tract housing driven by a social conscience and a desire to provide modernist houses that were affordable to the middle class.”