Congrats to Modern Capital sponsor Modern Mobler, which opened last May. Doug Meyers’ vintage mid-century modern shop on Georgia Avenue in Northwest was just picked by Washington City Paper as D.C.’s best vintage furniture store. So stop by to check out Doug’s latest finds, especially his Danish pieces by Arne Vodder and Jens Risom, who will turn 95 on May 8. I’ve been eying a few myself. (See a full list of Modern Capital’s sponsors. Please support our local modern businesses.)
Month: March 2011
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As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations this year for Fallingwater, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is holding a symposium on April 5 at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater about preserving iconic modern homes throughout the country. Private Domains/Public Displays: The Modern House Interpreted will bring together an “international gathering of directors and curators … in Pittsburgh to discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting nine of the world’s iconic modern house museums.” The homes to be discussed include Phillip Johnson’s Glass House (pictured above), Eero Saarinen’s Miller House (which is opening to the public for the first time soon) and Mies’ Farnsworth House. You can register here if you want to learn more about efforts to preserve this icons of modernism.
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During the past week, I have seen a major uptick in activity in the local mid-century market. Five of the new mid-century modern listings that came on the market this past week are already under contract, including this custom home by Charles Goodman (pictured above) on more than acre in Bethesda. Listed at $995K, it went under contract in four days. I’m seeing multiple offers and escalation clauses, so buyers need to be armed with pre-approval letters and ready to compete for houses they really want. This is a change from the past few years where homes would linger on the market for months. Today, even homes that need substantial work are going quickly. This is just a brief snapshot of the new spring market. We’ll see if this warming trend continues as the weather heats up.
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If you are planning to participate in Modern Capital sponsor Daniel Donnelly’s Vintage Modern Auction this Saturday (March 12) make sure to hit his showroom this week to check out the available items. The official preview runs through Friday. (You can register here and see the lots online here.) The more than 300 lots range from vintage Eames, Saarinen (see above) and Nelson pieces to items from the 1952 USS United States, which Daniel and his wife personally salvaged from the luxury liner in the 1980s. The auction will kick off at 11 a.m. in person and online. If you can make it or won’t be by a computer, you can submit an absentee bid. Hope to see many Modern Capital fans in Alexandria on Saturday.
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With spring approaching, more listings are coming on the market, including a number of mid-century modern homes. This untouched (the kitchen has starburst Formica) home in the Forest Hills neighborhood of D.C. is listed for $889K. The 3 bedroom/3 bath 1962 home with pool is being sold “as-is.” The soaring roof line of the living room and the stone exterior evokes the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright rather the straight, spare lines of Mies.
Here are a few other new listings. All are from 1961. One is a mid-century in the trees of Mohican Hills in Glen Echo Heights listed at $899K. This listing is for a Charles Goodman-designed home in Hollin Hills. It is listed for $724K. And this listing is for a Phoenix Builders’ flat-roof mid-century in Mantua Hills in Fairfax. It is on a half acre with a pool and listed for $675K. Looking forward to see what other listings “bloom” as the weather warms.
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Can architecture create community? Mariann Seriff, a long-time creative director who is currently pursuing a master’s in integrated design, sought to answer that question in a two-part radio piece examining her own neighborhood: Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring. “The mid-century modern architecture of Rock Creek Woods plays a vital role in making it a thriving neighborhood,” says Seriff, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2001. “When architect Charles Goodman designed the homes in the 1950s, he had no way of knowing they would attract an eclectic group of individuals who would form a vibrant community that is still flourishing today.” Rock Creek Woods is a small, self-contained neighborhood with 74 homes and has only one road in and out, creating a secluded haven of modernist homes. The neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Listen to Seriff “Anatomy of a Neighborhood” Part I, which focuses on the architecture ( I’m interviewed for this piece), and Part II, which focuses on the real sense of community created during the past 50 years.
/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 Mike2011-03-02 21:01:012020-06-12 06:51:15Building Museum Panel to Explore Architecture of Harry Weese
Harry Weese was a larger than life figure. He dominated Chicago architecture in the 1960s and ’70s and then had a sorry descent at the end of his life. (See this detailed Chicago magazine article from this past summer.) He also had a major impact on the landscape of Washington (think Metro and Arena Stage). The National Building Museum will hold a panel, The Architecture of Harry Weese, on March 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Robert Bruegmann, historian and author of The Architecture of Harry Weese (Norton),and Roger Lewis, The Washington Post‘s “Shaping the City” columnist, will explore the life of Weese, focusing on his local. A book-signing will follow the panel discussion. Weese also had a major impact on Columbus, Indiana, which I explored last year. Here are a few photos of Weese’s work in Columbus, a mecca of modernism in the Midwest.