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July 6, 2008 Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Richard Neutra

Post Explores the Meaning in Moderism for a Traditional Town

The Brown House by Richard Neutra, 1968

For those of you at the beach who may have missed the Post‘s Saturday Real Estate section, the paper ran a piece exploring the meaning in modernism in a town “best known for its Colonials and Victorians.” The paper talked to the owners of three modernist houses in the city “about how modernism reflects and influences their lifestyles.” Simon Jacobsen, the son of Hugh Newell Jacobsen, talks about growing up in the 1860s Italianate rowhouse that his father turned into a modernist haven for furniture by the likes of Mies van de Rohe. Architect Travis Price discusses his modern treehouse built in the heart of Rock Creek Park. ( It can be yours for $3.5 million.) We also get to hear from Ann and Donald Brown, who just happen to own the only Richard Neutra-designed home in Washington (pictured above). Neutra designed the home for the couple 40 years ago, planning the house in a few minutes once he saw the wooded lot overlooking Rock Creek Park. The 1968 home, which I mentioned here a year ago, “is designed as a series of glass- and redwood-covered steel platforms that heavily borrow from the landscape.”