February 18, 2011 Charles Goodman

Post Highlights the Goodman House; Open Sunday 2/20

A 1954 photo by Robert Lautman of Charles Goodman’s modernist addition in Alexandria. Courtesy of the National Building Museum.

The Washington Post is highlighting the Goodman House, which has now been on the market for four months. It is still listed at $1.249 and is open again this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. ( I wrote about the house earlier here and here.) The article does a good job explaining how D.C.’s leading mid-century modern architect Charles Goodman combined the existing Victorian farmhouse with a more signature Goodman glass box.

“Back in 1952 there was a 100-year-old farmhouse for sale atop a ridge on North Quaker Lane in Alexandria,” Nancy McKeon writes. “It sat near the edge of seven acres and, it is said, could boast a view of the Potomac River. Those who looked at buying the old frame dwelling probably thought of two courses of action: Either lovingly restore the simple two-story house or tear it down and use the lot for something new and less modest. But the buyer turned out to be Charles M. Goodman, well on his way to becoming the hottest modern architect of the period in Washington, and he found a third way: He lived with his family in the farmhouse for a while, then gutted it, preserving the shell, and in 1954 attached a long, modern glass pavilion to it.”

If you have not seen the house take a drive this Sunday to experience Goodman’s work for his own family. The owners and agent are looking for people who appreciate the design and would be interested in reversing some changes to bring it back to Goodman’s original design.