Month: November 2007
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Mid-Century Mike /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Mid-Century Mike2007-11-11 19:28:002020-08-06 11:25:54More on Saving Mies’ MLK Library, I.M. Pei’s Church of Christ
Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis, a practicing architect and a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, writes about what should be done about modern buildings that may not have aged so well. He discusses the recent debates abut two D.C. buildings: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1972 four-story MLK Library (pictured above) and I.M. Pei’s 1971 Third Church of Christ, Scientist. Lewis says the buildings should be saved and be used as a base for changes that would make both structures more usable according to today’s needs.
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Mid-Century Mike /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Mid-Century Mike2007-11-09 18:01:002020-06-12 06:49:38Charles Goodman’s Alcoa Care-Free Homes
While D.C. architect Charles Goodman designed more than 1,000 homes in our area, his modern home designs also dot other cities across the country. These include the Alcoa Care-Free Home, which Goodman designed in 1957 based on feedback from the 1956 Women’s Congress on Housing. With Alcoa backing the project (Reynolds sponsored River Park in D.C.), Goodman used aluminum in various areas of the house, including the roof, exterior wall panels and framing for sliding glass doors. Forty of the homes were eventually built in 15 states.
Are you interested? I found one for sale in Perrysburg, Ohio, for $199,000. See the pictures above. Here’s the listing if you are looking for Goodman architecture priced below his homes in this area. Maybe I’ll buy it and start Modern Toledo.
If you don’t plan on moving, you can read about a couple that lives in one of the homes in Grand Rapids, Mich.
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Mid-Century Mike /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Mid-Century Mike2007-11-04 15:23:002007-11-04 15:23:00Post on D.C. Preservation Efforts
Today’s Washington Post Sunday Source section ran a piece on historic preservation efforts in D.C. The story’s sidebar highlights success stories of some buildings saved from the wrecking ball, including the Ludwig Mies Van de Rohe-designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The building, which was Van de Rohe’s last and only building in D.C., was named a historic landmark in June.
Here’s an earlier Post article of about the debate over the building.