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January 24, 2013 Winthrop Faulkner

1978 Win Faulkner House in Cleveland Park – $3.85 Million

Faulkner House

Winthrop Faulkner was destined to be an architect and design contemporary houses and other structures.  His father, Waldron Faulkner, was a Washington architect. His mother,  Elizabeth Coonley, grew up in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Riverside, Ill., commissioned by her father.

Faulkner, who died of cancer  at 73 on Oct. 19, 2004, designed the Great Ape House and crocodile pavilion at the National Zoo, renovated the Federal Reserve Board, designed an addition to Christ Episcopal Church in Kensington and designed the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax County among other projects. He is probably best known for the houses he designed at Ordway and 36th streets in Cleveland Park, three of them Faulkner family residences.

Faulkner designed three late 1970s modernist detached townhouses backing to Rosedale, a historic 10-acre parcel owned by Avery Coonley, his grandfather. Coonley had bought the circa-1793 Federal farmhouse on the property from descendants of its builder, Gen. Uriah Forrest, friend and host to George Washington, according to his Washington Post obituary.

I had the opportunity to tour the house Faulkner designed for his family. It was recently listed for $3.85 million. You can see the virtual tour here.  The house is an interesting blend of modern with more traditional touches, such as Palladiun-like designs on some windows and a number of interior archways, that help it fit in with the neighborhood’s more traditional architecture.

Faulkner Houses

Faulkner three modernist detached townhomes. The house he designed for himself and now on the market is on the right (above) and below.

Faulkner House

Faulkner House

Faulkner House


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  1. James Bishop — January 25, 2013 @ 5:42 am         Reply

    Beautiful! They exteriors are very brutalist.

  2. CP Modern — January 25, 2013 @ 7:50 am         Reply

    I wouldn’t say Brutalist. The exteriors are white-painted brick. To me, they read more like a late-modernist abstraction of a traditional Washington townhouse, with great slabs of color typical of the ’70s for the doors.

    Note that the Palladian detailing with traditional-style molding on the rear windows was added by a later owner and is not part of Faulkner’s design, afaik.

    The sloping, south-facing roof originally had solar panels on it, btw. I bet a more efficient modern version could be reinstalled if a new owner were interested.

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