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The Post’s ‘House of the Week’

Kathy Orton of the Washington Post highlighted my listing in Bethesda by award-winning Tom Shiner, FAIA, as the Post’s “House of the Week.” Listed for $1.65 million.  Completed in 2010, the green, modernist house and studio at 4798 Western Ave. in Bethesda were designed was inspired by Scandinavian masters Poul Kjaerholm, who Shiner studied with in Denmark, and Alvar Aalto. (Photos by Tod Connell.)

Constructed of brick veneer and extra thick fiber-cement siding, the two-story house with its separate studio building provides a peaceful sanctuary. Both buildings open onto a fence-enclosed lawn, terraces and gardens situated on a flat 6,000 square-foot lot. The main 1,900 square-foot house has two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with an additional TV room/office. The 500 square-foot studio has a full bathroom and can serve as an office, guest suite or exercise studio. It also has a small workshop integrated in the back of the studio.

Green Features
One of the primary objectives of the design was to establish dynamic interaction with the change of seasons; each season invites a slightly different way of using the house. During spring and fall, the house relies on operable windows and a whole-house fan for natural ventilation. Passive solar orientation, shading and use of solar-powered air conditioning counter summer heat. High-performance insulation counters and a high-efficiency gas-fired furnace counter cold in winter months.
Because the plan of the house is open and designed to incorporate a central “chimney effect,” cool air is drawn in from Read More >

Pine Spring

Two Homes Just Listed in Pine Spring

Here are two homes just listed in Pine Spring in Falls Church. The 121-home community was built by the Luria brothers, who also developed most of nearby Holmes Run Acres. The homes in Pine Spring were designed by Arthur Keyes, Francis Donald LethbridgeChloethiel Woodard Smith and Nicholas Satterlee.
 

Sold $35K over Asking in Holmes Run Acres

We just closed on the the Holmes Run Acres renovation by Michael Cook, AIA, of award-winning Cook Architecture. Michael transformed the original 2 bed/1 bath home into a 4 bed/2 bath 1,700 square-foot California-inspired mid-century modern space, including Heath tile and vintage lighting. It was listed for $779K and sold for $814K. Please contact us with questions about finding and renovating the perfect mid-century modern home.  (Photos by John Cole.)
Originally designed by Francis Donald Lethbridge and Nicholas Satterlee, the home is located in the National Register of Historic Places-designated community of Holmes Run Acres inside the Beltway in Falls Church.
 
 

Custom Modern in Bannockburn Co-op – $1.059 Million

If you are looking for a modernist home in Bethesda, run to see this one in Bannockburn Co-op. Offers are due Tuesday at 3 pm. This 2008 custom, ground-up build by Division 1 Architects sits on Braeburn Place, the original street in the neighborhood. The two-level home with approximately 3,600 square feet has walls of windows, double-height living room and 300-gallon aquarium and radiant heat.
Bannockburn Coop was founded in the mid-1940s by individuals who formed a housing cooperative to build homes and a community. The coop hired architects Burket, Neufeld and DeMars to further develop co-op member Mary Goldwater’s idea (She was an architect and planner.) The first two dozen homes were built on Braeburn Place.  The original land, 75 acres near the Potomac, cost $193,000, which the co-op paid off in three years, according to a history of the neighborhood by Mary and Jack Herling.

Charles M. Goodman

Charles Goodman National Homes Design in Vienna – $759K

This Charles M. Goodman-designed 1955 house on an acre in Vienna, Va., is being marketed as a tear down. Goodman designed the house for prefab home manufacturer National Homes.
A 1954 Time article on National Homes mentions Goodman, who served as a consulting architect to National Homes for five years beginning in 1953. “In his mass operation, Price has not neglected style. The 31 models in his 1955 line, now starting in production, were designed by Architect Charles M. Goodman of Washington, D.C. Says Price: ‘We can fight it out on a mass or class basis. We can provide a home for somebody who hasn’t any kind of home, or give a rich man a home where he can entertain a Rockefeller.’” The price recently dropped from $799K to $759K.

WashPost’s ‘House of the Week’ Open 1-4 pm Today

Kathy Orton of the Washington Post highlighted my listing in Holmes Run Acres by Michael Cook, AIA, of award-winning Cook Architecture, as the Post’s “House of the Week.” I will be holding it open from 1-4 pm today. Listed for $779K. A few photos by John Cole showing the design details.

My New Listing: Cook Architecture Renovation in Holmes Run Acres

Michael Cook, AIA, of award-winning Cook Architecture has transformed the original 2 bed/1 bath home into a 4 bed/2 bath 1,700 square-foot California-inspired mid-century modern space, including Heath tile and vintage lighting. Listed for $779K. I will be holding an Open House on Sunday, May 26 from 1 to 4 pm.
Originally designed by Francis Donald Lethbridge and Nicholas Satterlee, the home is located in the National Register of Historic Places-designated community of Holmes Run Acres inside the Beltway in Falls Church.
The house features all new plumbing, electrical, hot water heater, AC condenser, high-efficiency baseboard heating (in addition) and upgrades to the duct work. New solid ash wide-plank hardwood was installed throughout (with upgraded sub flooring). The front exterior of the house was rebuilt with new insulation and clad with charred wood (Japanese technique shou shugi ban) and decorated cement fiber board panels. The front door was relocated and new entranceway with porch and modernist portico created.
The expansive, open living-dining-kitchen area, which features the neighborhood’s signature wood beamed ceilings, opens to deck with modernist slat railings. The living room has the original brick wall fireplace and built in shelves and original cabinet.
The kitchen features a large island with quartz countertop, cantilevered bar area, stainless steel appliances, including integrated Thermador refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and range. Solid ash shelves and wood accent walls play off the Heath-tile back splash and modernist cabinetry.
The brand new master suite has a custom bathroom, including soaking tub, walk in shower and custom solid Read More >

Tomorrow: Docomomo DC Tour Day 2019 Planning Meeting

Join Docomomo DC this Wednesday evening to begin brainstorming and planning our annual Tour Day event to be held in early October. Can’t join us in person? Contact us at docomomo.dc@gmail.com for a call-in number.
When:  Wednesday May 22, 6 pm
Where: Quinn Evans Architects
2121 Ward Pl NW
Washington, DC 20037
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The October event will mark the sixth year the Docomomo DC chapter has participated in nationwide Tour Day. If you would like to help plan this exciting event, please join us to help select a theme and identify potential tour locations. Past Docomomo DC Tour Day events have included tours of Modernism on Pennsylvania Ave (2018),  Brutalist buildings in Northwest DC (2017), Modernist architecture of Montgomery County (2016), and the Watergate complex (2015) pictured above.

Flat-Roof Mid-Century Modern in Darnestown – $665K

I’ll call this one Darnestown Modern. Take a look at this 1960 flat-roof mid-century modern with clerestory windows and wood-beamed ceilings on more than two acres in Darnestown, Maryland. It is listed for $665,000. Looks like you can replace siding with more period appropriate materials. Not my listing so if anyone needs a buyer agent for this one please let me know.

The Gropius House

Saturday Read: Gropius and the Bauhaus

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, by Walter Gropius. Take a look at this New Yorker piece by Dan Chiasson reviewing Fiona MacCarthy’s just published book, “Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus.” A good primer on Gropius’ own life and his vision for the Bauhaus. I hoping to get to Germany this year. You can even stay at the Bauhaus in Dessau.
 
 

Call Modern Capital founder and Realtor Michael Shapiro for your mid-century real estate needs.
301-503-6171
michael@moderncapitaldc.com

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