I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. As you prepare to sit down for the holiday with you family and friends (wouldn’t it be nice to sit around this table in this house?), I am thankful to all of my wonderful clients and to Modern Capital’s readers and sponsors for supporting the site during the past six years. As you are traveling this week or as you are lying on the couch after all that turkey, check out all the goodies from out here in Los Angeles on Facebook and Twitter.
Month: November 2012
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/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 Mike2012-11-06 21:46:322020-06-12 06:52:19New Goodman Hickory Cluster Website
While no homes are currently listed for sale in Charles Goodman’s Hickory Cluster in Reston (there is one rental), I wanted to make sure that everyone saw the new official community website created by the Hickory Cluster Association (HCA). It is a good resource for those thinking about buying one of the Goodman-designed townhomes. When Robert Simon started developing Reston as a modern planned community in the early 1960s, he asked Goodman to design the first set of homes–90 International-style townhomes nestled into the trees just across the street from Lake Anne.
An original brochure highlighted on the HCA’s site, describes the townhomes as the “The Goodman Houses” in cool mid-century script typeface. Here’s from the brochure:
“Charles M. Goodman Associates, A.I.A., is the prominent architect of the First Village hillside cluster. Groups of townhouses have been arranged around intricately paved terraces,which in turn are leveled into a wooded hilltop. The Goodman Houses overlook the Village Center and Lake Anne. Sharp changes in roofline, varying sizes, and contrasting textures accented by vivid colors contribute to a townhouse setting of great beauty. A variety of designs and facilities include 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, rooftop terraces, balconies, playrooms, private studies, family rooms and recreation rooms. There is underground garage parking or carports for some models, large parking areas for others. Landscaped pedestrian paths, completely free of traffic, lead to shops in the Village Center, schools and recreation facilities. The Goodman Houses are an ideal application of contemporary townhouse design to a naturally wooded site.”
/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 Mike2012-11-04 22:45:282020-05-08 12:59:13Modern Snapshot: Two MCM Churches
There are so many mid-century modern churches, synagogues and others houses of worship that dot the Washington area, that I have been trying to force myself to take time to stop and take some pictures as I am rushing around. Bauhaus master Water Gropius even designed a synagogue near Baltimore. Here are just two that I recently took shots of: one in Virginia and one in Maryland. See how both buildings incorporate stained glass in different ways. The Belle View Baptist Church, which to me evokes the shape of a soaring ark, is just south of Hollin Hills on Fort Hunt Road. See its thin ribbon of stained glass down the end of the sanctuary.
The other church is the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, which is tucked into the woods at the corner of Cedar Lane and Beach Drive in Bethesda. The building, which extensively uses stained glass for its walls of windows, was designed by Pietro Belluschi, the dean of the MIT School of Architecture in the 1950s and one of the most prolific modern architects. I also have seen references that mention that local modern architects Francis Donald Lethbridge and Arthur Keyes of Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon worked with Belluschi on the design.
Which are your favorite mid-century modern houses of worship in the DC area?