Month: June 2009
/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 Mike2009-06-27 07:44:002020-05-08 12:18:26Reminder: Get Updates from Modern Capital in LA on Twitter
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I’m heading out to LA this weekend for the Dwell on Design conference. I’m excited to attend my first D on D and look forward to bringing you the latest from the annual modern confab. Look for updates on the blog and via Twitter.
/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 Mike2009-06-22 04:30:002020-05-08 12:18:15Summer Reading: Larry Van Dyne’s ‘Tear It Down! Save It!’
If you are looking for something to read on the beach this summer, take a look at this fascinating 10,000-word Washingtonian article by Larry Van Dyne on the history of Washington preservation efforts, including the growing debate over what to do with modern structures built during the past 50 years.
“The conflict over the [Third Church of Christ] has brought to the fore a broader issue that will be played out in Washington over the next decade: Of the thousands of modernist buildings built from the 1940s through the 1970s, which ones have the architectural distinction or other significance to merit protection?” Van Dyne asks. “Are some of these structures, often not that attractive or lovable, worth saving as a reminder of their time? Are works by I.M. Pei, Edward Durell Stone, or Chloethiel Woodard Smith as important as the work of John Russell Pope or Adolf Cluss? Is Brutalism worthy of the same respect as Beaux Arts? …
“The dilemma will arise on the buildings between the iconic and the crappy, buildings that may be judged important by architects or historians but ordinary or ugly by nonexperts. Most of these structures are approaching middle age—50 years is the customary point when they are first up for historic designation—and they house some well-known government agencies and private institutions.”
/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 Mike2009-06-20 04:39:002020-05-08 12:18:12Two Modern Retreats Near the Water in Maryland
It’s summer, so if you are looking for a retreat by the water, check out these two homes in Maryland.
This 1970 white brick contemporary is located in Pasadena on 1.38 acres right on the Chesapeake. I wish there were interior shots of this 2/4.5, nearly 6,000 square foot home. This is a short sale and listed for $1.099 million.
If that one is a bit out of your range, take a look at this 1977 contemporary on nearly 5 acres in Edgewater. Not as close to the water, but not too far. This is bank owned and listed at $380K. There are no interior images.
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Jill Kurtz /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Jill Kurtz2009-06-18 10:01:262020-05-08 12:28:24Washington Post Architecture Critic Calls Modern Capital a “Great Website”
Phillip Kennicott’s Blog
Phillip Kennicott’s Blog
Washington Post architecture critic says Modern Capital is “great website if you’re passionate about mid-century architecture.”
/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 Mike2009-06-17 04:30:002020-05-08 12:17:40Modern Snapshot: Court’s Modern Appeal
Here’s a shot of the modern addition to the Old City Hall building in Judiciary Square that’s now the new home of the District Court of Appeals. The Post‘s architecture critic Philip Kennicott gives the design by architect Hany Hassan the thumbs up. I love his reference to Mies’ MLK Library.
“The square glass box is a bit like the little black dress: elegant, never out of fashion and appropriate almost anywhere,” Kennicott writes. “Architecturally, it is one of the best things about the renovation. It repositions the entrance of the building from the south to the north side, where the courthouse is elegantly flanked by two lesser and later court buildings. The atrium is a rare, almost pure modernist gesture in a city where large public architecture generally tends to heaviness, compromise and bland decoration. A few blocks away, the glass box of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is feeling vindicated.”
/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 Mike2009-06-16 04:39:002020-07-07 15:38:00D.C.’s Slice of MiMo Architecture
Lapidus’ 1962 Capitol Skyline Hotel
With his motto of “Too much is never enough”–a direct rebuke of modern master Mies’ “Less is more”–Morris Lapidus was completely rejected by the architectural elite during his career. Distraught from the years of harsh criticism, Lapidus actually threw away 50 years of his drawings. But toward the laters year of his life–he died at the age of 98 in 2001–the years of rejection turned to celebration as his own brand of Miami Modern (MiMo) designs became hot spots once again as they were back in the 1950s and ’60s, Think the Fontainebleau Eden Rock hotels on Collins Avenue and the Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach. In 2000, Cooper-Hewitt’s presented Lapidus with the American Original award, which was created for him. (See a good Charlie Rose interview with Lapidus shortly before he died.)
So it’s good to see Lapidus’ 1962 Capitol Skyline Hotel in Southwest and the period-sensitive makeover by the Rubell family getting props. The hotel and its Miami-like pool got the Hank Stuever treatment in the Style section yesterday and Fritz Hahn did a recent review of the various “pool parties” held on the weekends for singles and families alike.
Lapidus’ other hotel in D.C. is the Washington Plaza (formally the International Inn), which also has pool for lounging like a movie star. Lapidus always said that his goal was to create a fantasy world where guests could be actors. In addition to some buildings in downtown D.C., Lapidus also designed a townhome community in Southwest.
/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 Mike2009-06-06 18:04:002009-06-06 18:04:00Mid-Century Mod Wallpaper
/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 Mike2009-06-06 05:15:002020-06-12 06:50:21Event: Wright Conservancy Guggenheim and NY House Tour; June 20
Max Hoffman House (1955). Photo by Steve Maxwell.
Calling all Frank Lloyd Wright fans. Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy‘s for Out and About Wright: New York on June 20. Start the day with a lecture at the newly restored Guggenheim Museum and then tour privately owned and rarely open Wright-designed homes in the picturesque Wright-planned community of Usonia in Pleasantville.
Wright carefully sited each house, approved all the plans and personally designed three of the residences within this community. Many of the other homes were designed by architects such as Paul Schweikher, Theodore Dixon Bower, Ulrich Franzen, Keneji Domoto, Aaron Resnick (here’s one for sale by Resnick) and David Henken.
Participants will be able to tour such homes as the Reisley Residence (1951) and the Serlin Residence (1949), while ending the day with a tour and dinner at the Hoffman Residence (1955) in Rye. See the full brochure here.
/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 Mike2009-06-03 16:51:002020-05-08 12:17:21Third Church Makes DCPL’s Most Endangered List
The D.C. Preservation League unveiled its 2009 Most Endangered Places list yesterday. The one modern building on the list was no surprise: the Third Church of Christ, Scientist at 900 16th St. NW. The Brutalist-style church, built in 1971, made the list last year as well. The city recently said the church, which was designated a D.C. landmark, could be demolished. A developer plans to do just that and build an office building. DCPL plans to appeal the decision and is having an event June 20 to discuss how to adapt the landmark building for use today.
/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 Mike2009-06-01 17:35:002020-06-12 06:50:20Modern Snapshot: Southwest and Mies’ MLK Library
A couple of shots from Sunday.
Saint Augustine Episcopal Church, 1966, by Alexander Cochran of the Baltimore firm, C, S & D, Inc. Nice example of a saddle roof. Tiber Island apartment building (Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon) can be seen in the back.
The corner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by Mies van der Rohe.