I’m looking forward to the open house tomorrow (or today, if you are reading this on Sunday) at the Esten House from 1 to 4 p.m. As I mentioned in my post about the listing, you will have the opportunity to see more of Harold Esten’s work displayed in the house (see above picture of his office.) I did want to link to one cool item here: A September 1963 Arts & Architecure piece highlighting the Galblum Residence (see below) on Crail Drive in Bethesda.
Month: April 2011
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I was heading home from Crest Park this weekend (stay tuned for another Goodman listing I have coming up) and remembered that I had taken some shots last year of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring on New Hampshire Avenue.
This interesting Dwell piece discusses why Unitarian Universalist congregations have been drawn to modern design for their churches. “Frank Lloyd Wright was the first modern architect to design a Universalist church,” the article says. “He volunteered to design a replacement for Unity Church in Oak Park, Illinois, the morning after it burned down. The result is the beloved Unity Temple.”
D.C. own leading architects designed Unitarian Universalist churches here. Goodman designed one in Arlington. The modernist team of Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon along with Pietro Belluschi designed the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda, which I wrote about here.
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You can learn a lot from books even if you do not read them. I picked up a stash of modern architecture books at the annual Stone Ridge Used Book Sale. Many of the books I purchased were from the library of Alan Hamilton Rider. I had never heard of Rider so I did some research. I mean, I Googled him. Sure enough he was an architect who graduated with a master’s degree in design in 1953 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Here’s from the Washington Post‘s obit in June 2010: “Early in his career, Mr. Rider was an associate in the architecture firm of John Carl Warnecke. Among the projects he worked on with Warnecke, who died last year as well, was the memorial for President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Rider also helped develop a master plan for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the hangar for Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base.”
Rider, who retired in 1994, was also one of the designers of the brutalist Lauinger Library at Georgetown University. Ah, a library. Now if I could actually find time to read a book.
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I am sick of this weather and ready for summer and the beach. Did you catch the Post’s story the other day about The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City and its retro-style diner Teplitzky’s? It warmed me up a bit. My wife is from Atlantic City and the restaurant is named after her friend’s grandparents, who owned the original Kosher hotel. We have stopped by to nosh on hipster Jewish and American comfort food. The blintzes were legit, although I do not see them on the menu anymore. (Too bad. They may have been even better than my late grandma’s, dare I say. ) Enough about the food.
To create The Chelsea, the owners combined the Holiday Inn Atlantic City-Boardwalk and the adjacent Howard Johnson Hotel Atlantic City (formerly the hotel owned by the Teplitzky’s). The hotel sits at the corner of Chelsea and Pacific Avenues, hence the name.
The coffee shop has all the retro-touches of a classic mid-century diner from the planters, lighting, redwood walls, terrazzo floors and counter seating.
If you are up in the Atlantic City area this summer and want to take step back in time for a bit, make sure to stop by The Chelsea and Teplitzky’s for a mid-century respite from the sun and blackjack tables.
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If you will be in LA this coming weekend, you may want to include on your agenda a stop at the Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake for a tour and festivities to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Neutra Practice (Richard and son Dion). Here’s a note I received from Dion, who worked with his father to rebuild the family home in the 1960s after the original house was destroyed by fire.
“Join us to celebrate ‘Neutra Practice at 85 weekend’ April 8-10, 2011. Richard Neutra founded this firm in 1926 while he was still living in the Schindler House. Shortly thereafter, came the birth of his second son, Dion. At about this time, he was working on his first major project, the Jardinette Apartments (1927) in Hollywood. A couple of years later, [he designed] the Lovell Health House (1929). After a distinguished 40 years, his architect son joined as partner and vice president in 1965. Dion has carried on the firm since his father’s death in 1970. … This is what we celebrate on this occasion. Join us!”
During my recent trip to LA, I stopped at the Neutra House for a tour and some photo taking. Here are a few shots: