Charles Goodman designed the Bethesda United Church of Christ at the corner of Fernwood Road and Democracy Boulevard in 1957. The sanctuary is an octagonal room with a soaring wood-beamed ceiling. The church, on its web site, says clear windows were used in the sanctuary rather than stained glass “to make sure that we could see the world around us, and that the world could see us as well.” A very modern idea, which fit well with Charles Goodman’s design philosophy and use of vast expanses of glass. Goodman also designed two other churches in the area. In 1951, he designed the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints in D.C, and in 1963, the Unitarian Church of Arlington (now the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.)
Month: July 2008
/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 Mike2008-07-31 18:14:002020-05-08 12:13:05Modern Snapshot: Charles Goodman’s Bethesda United Church of Christ
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Luxist, the blog about all things luxurious, highlighted the the Slayton House in Cleveland Park as its Estate of the Day. (Modern Capital got a shout out at the end of the post.) I wrote about the home designed by I.M. Pei and updated by Hugh Newell Jacobsen here back in March. The early 1960s house, with its triple-vault design, is still on the market for $4.25 million. A nice excuse to look at the pictures one more time.
/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 Mike2008-07-25 17:00:002020-05-08 12:13:03Two Ken Freeman Contemporaries in Bradley Park
Here are two new listings for Ken Freeman-designed homes in Bradley Park in Bethesda.
1961 4/2.5 – $890K – Does not look like too much updating in this two-level split on a third of an acre. Being sold in “AS IS” condition. It sold for $870K a year ago.
1959 3/3 – 865K – Not sure why someone would put leaded windows in this four-level split. Open Sunday, July 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.
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Talk about Danish modern. For its piece on the Mad men and woman of Washington, the Washington Post took six of D.C.’s top advertising executives, dressed them in ‘60s-style garb and brought them to the Danish ambassador’s residence in all of its Danish modern glory. “Washington has a number of structures built in the mid-century Modern style of the 1940s to 1960s, the spare, horizontal, European-inspired architecture seen in ‘Mad Men,’” a sidebar to the main story says, referring to the critically acclaimed AMC show about Madison Avenue in the the 1960s. “The problem was that most of those buildings have renovated their interiors.” Thankfully, not the residence of Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen and his wife, Birgitte Wilhelmsen. (In an e-mail exchange with reporter Frank Ahrens, I suggested a few potential sites, including the historic terminal by Charles Goodman at National Airport, the HUD building by Marcel Breuer in Southwest, three office buildings design by Chloethiel Woodward Smith on corner of Connecticut Avenue and I Street and the MLK library by Mies van de Rohe.)
Located in Dumbarton Oaks, the embassy and residence—the first modern embassy in Washington—was designed by Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen and opened in 1960. Lauritzen met with Walter Gropius, who, along with students, worked with Lauritzen on the project, which connected the ambassador’s residence to the embassy by a glass corridor. Leading Danish designer Finn Juhl was in charge of furnishing the interior, using such iconic pieces as Arne Jacobsen’s “Swan” and “Egg” chairs, the lighting of Poul Henningsen and some of his own furniture designs. (Note: The embassy used to have good virtual tours with images and descriptions of both the embassy and the residence, which I linked to from this post. Unfortunately, they do not work anymore.)
/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 Mike2008-07-12 11:00:002020-05-08 12:12:51Price Drop in New Mark Commons and the Great Stainless Steel and Granite Debate
This New Mark Commons late 1960s contemporary in Rockville that I first posted here has dropped $50,000. It’s open July 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Looks like this one has the original cabinets in the kitchen. A recent comment I made about granite and stainless steel kitchens drew quite a response. See the discussion here. What’s your view?
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If your plans to flee Washington this summer are more focused on the beach rather than a drive to New York City, take a quick peek at some images from MoMA to tide you over until your next visit. If you do plan to go, a good way to save some cash is by heading to the museum between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on a Friday. Admission is free thanks to Target.
/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 Mike2008-07-06 03:50:002020-06-12 06:49:26Post Explores the Meaning in Moderism for a Traditional Town
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.”
/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 Mike2008-07-01 05:34:002020-05-08 12:12:50Moran’s Modern Oasis
Now I don’t want to get political here, especially how this election looks to be shaping up. However, I thought you might be interested in this Connection article on Rep. Jim Moran’s Charles Goodman home in McLean—no matter what side of the aisle your are on. The house’s previous owner was Najeeb Halaby, father of Queen Noor, who was the fourth wife and widow of King Hussein of Jordan. Looks like the home, which sits on 2.5 acres on Chain Bridge Road overlooking the Potomac, could be on the market at some point. The story says Moran and his wife, LuAnn Bennett, are “considering a move to Old Town in Alexandria, where Bennett’s oldest son lives. Moran said he has always thought of Alexandria as ‘his home.'”