Archive for the ‘Endangered’

Free MCM on Lake Holiday in Virginia

Thanks to George Smart of North Carolina Modernist Houses for the heads up on this endangered mid-century modern on Lake Holiday, which is is located near Winchester, Va. The house was designed by Henry Dole Norris and featured in a 1967 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. Norris was a plan book architect whose designs were built all […]

Help Save Breuer’s API Institute in Reston

Please sign this petition by June 13 to help try and save the American Press Institute (API) in Reston by modern master Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith. The API closed up shop and joined with the Newspaper Association of America, which is based in Arlington. The move left API’s 1972-1978  brutalist headquarters vacant, sitting on […]

Endangered: 1959 MCM in Potomac on 1 Acre – $859K

Who wants to save this one? Here’s another endangered mid-century modern in Montgomery County. This is a one-level home with separate cottage on nearly an acre in Potomac. The main house is a 3 bed/2 bath. The cottage has a full bath and kitchen. Update the space and add a kidney bean-shaped pool for a […]

Endangered: Earliest MCM on Crail Drive – $1.030 Million

This 1957 house on 1.15 acres on Crail Drive in Bethesda is listed for $1.030 million is being marketed as a tear down. Still owned by the original owners, the house was the first home built on the modern-packed street, according to Montgomery County Architectural History Specialist Clare Lise Kelly, who recently wrote  Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture […]

Endangered: Wheaton Rec Center

Looks like Montgomery County is moving ahead with plans to demolish the award-winning 1964 Wheaton Community Recreation Center designed by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. The county is looking to combine the rec center with the nearby Wheaton Library on Georgia Avenue. Two public meetings are scheduled on June 5 and June 24.  The June 5 […]

Help Save D.C.’s Wire Office Building

The 1949-50 Wire Building or Wire Office Building at the corner of Vermont Avenue and K Street, NW, is in danger of being torn down. The building was designed and constructed by Alvin L. Aubinoe and Harry Edwards for owner and developer Preston Wire, after whom the building was named. The Wire Building was one of […]

Endangered: Harry N. Hirshberg Jr. House in Bethesda

When I saw this vacant mid-century modern house in Bethesda come on the market earlier this year, I knew it was likely not going to survive. Surrounded by $1 million+ McMansions, this 1948 one-level, 4 bed/4 bath home on an acre just inside the Beltway was prime land for a developer. I sent it out to a […]

Needs Love: 1960 Cohen & Haft MCM in Bethesda – $695K

Noted Washington architects Cohen & Haft designed a cluster of nearly two dozen mid-century modern homes in Bethesda off Fernwood Road and Michaels Drive just inside the Beltway. This one was built in 1960 and is listed for $695K. As you can see from the listing’s pictures, it is mostly being marketed for the half acre lot […]

Bannockburn’s Disappearing Mid-Century Moderns

The Bannockburn neighborhood in Bethesda, which features large wooded lots close to the Potomac River, is known for its cluster of impressive custom mid-century modern homes. The question is: How long will this last? The Stokes House on Crail Drive, which was designed by architect Hal Esten, sold for $850K earlier this summer. The house, […]