Invite: Party at Cook Renovation in Holmes Run Acres – May 11

We will be partying to celebrate another mid-century modern renovation by Michael Cook, AIA, and the team at Cook Architecture. I will be listing the house in the coming weeks but first we are throwing a party to show off the latest work.
Cook transformed the original 2 bed/1 bath home into a 4 bed/2 bath 1,700 square-foot California-inspired mid-century space, including Heath tile and vintage lighting. The house, on a .35 acre corner lot, has all new plumbing and electrical. The master suite has a custom bathroom, including soaking tub and walk in shower. The expansive, open living-dining-kitchen area with wood beamed ceilings opens to the deck with modernist slat railing that would be at home in Venice, CA.
We hope you can make it from 5:30 to 10 pm. The address is 7818 Holmes Run Dr. in Falls Church. Please RSVP to

Pre-Sold: Custom 1968 by Charles F.D. Egbert in Glen Echo Heights

This custom 1968 mid-century modern Charles F.D. Egbert home went under contract before hitting the market.
Designed for my clients 51 years ago by Charles F.D. Egbert, this well-preserved 1968 mid-century modern in Glen Echo Heights was featured in Better Homes and Gardens. The three-level house (including basement) with 3 beds and 3.5 bathrooms features a main level living room with 21-foot ceilings and walls of expansive glass. The exterior is clad in redwood. Some images from the magazine are below.

Custom Mid-Century Modern in Quaint Acres – $675K

This custom mid-century modern in Quaint Acres in Silver Spring backs up to the Northwest Branch and Rachel Carson Greenway trails. Carson, who lived in the neighborhood, wrote “Silent Spring,” the book that helped spur environmental awareness in this country. The listing says the custom home was “designed by William Shoemaker, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, and modeled after Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.” The home sits near the end of of a cul-de-sac and backs up to the parkland. The listing says the house is open today from 2 to 4 p.m.

Coming Soon: Caspeer Neer-Designed MCM in Moyaone Reserve

Here is a first look at a new listing I having coming to the market in a few weeks. It is a renovated custom 1958 mid-century modern by Caspeer Neer on more than 6 acres in Moyaone Reserve. The renovated house, which features Pedini kitchen cabinets and updated glass throughout, also has a four-car garage and A-frame studio/workshop. Neer, who was a long time resident of Hollin Hills, graduated from Harvard’s School of Design during the time that Marcel Breuer and I.M. Pei were professors.

Moyaone Reserve is a special neighborhood in Accokeek, MD, just 20 miles south of Capitol Hill. The heavily wooded community of 180 homes is situated along the Potomac River contiguous to Piscataway National Park, home of the National Colonial Farm, and to The Hard Bargain Farm, an environmental education center. The homes in the community–many are mid-century modern and contemporary styles–were first built after World War II by the likes of architects of Neer, Charles Wagner and Charles Goodman. All the lots in the community are five acres or more and are protected by federal scenic easements to protect the view shed from Mt. Vernon, just across the Potomac River. The Moyaone offers a community pool and garden, as well as a friendly neighborhood. Learn more at Moyaone Modern.
Please contact me for more information.

Open House & Video Tour: Scandinavian Modern by Tom Shiner, FAIA

If you missed my first Open House at my listing at 4789 Western Ave. in Bethesda, you can come see it this Saturday, March 23. I will be holding an Open House from 1 to 4 pm. You can also virtually tour the modern, green house by clicking on the video below. Hope to see you Saturday.

Green, Modernist Home by Tom Shiner, FAIA – $1.5 Million

Completed in 2010, the green, modernist house and studio at 4798 Western Ave. in Bethesda were designed and built by award-winning architect Tom Shiner, FAIA. The design was inspired by Scandinavian masters Poul Kjaerholm, who Shiner studied with in Denmark, and Alvar Aalto. See the Compass listing here. (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 the shaded garden while warm air is vented up through the stair Read More >

Alcoa Care-free Home in Hollin Hills to be Auctioned Friday

If you have always wanted to own one of the roughly two dozen Charles Goodman-designed Alcoa Care-free Homes built around the country, the one in Hollin Hills is being auctioned this Friday (Feb. 21). The auction, according to the public notice, will be held at 11:30 am outside the main entrance to the building housing the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, VA located at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. The house is located at 7801 Elba Rd.  Goodman’s design to promote the use of aluminum in building was pictured on the cover of Better Homes and Garden in the October 1957 issue.

Here are some photos of the house from a number of years ago.

Under Contract: Renovated Berla & Abel “Tiffey Townhouse” – $799K

I just relisted this early 1940s modernist Tiffey Townhomes along Arkansas Avenue designed by well-known Washington architects Julian Berla and Joseph Abel for $799,000. I will be holding an Open House on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 pm. The house is located here.
The 2,100 square-foot townhouse features a high-end custom kitchen and full floor Soho-style master suite on the top level while retaining its original wood floors and Art Deco hand railings.

The heart of the three-level brick town house is the middle space with its expansive open kitchen-living-dining area with hardwood floors and signature angled brick and stone fireplace. The living area leads out through large glass sliders to the enclosed front balcony with jalouise windows.

The open kitchen with with double island features custom walnut stained cherry cabinets and basalatina stone countertops from upstate New York, and high-end Blanco sink, Dornbracht faucet, dual-fuel Jenn-Air stainless steel range and Fisher & Paykel refrigerator and dishwasher.

Off the kitchen is a half bathroom and custom-built pantry area that leads to the fenced in backyard and garage, which is decorated with salvaged aluminum grillwork that originally came from a mid-century printing plant in the city.

The top level has been transformed into a full-floor master suite with 11-foot beamed ceilings and a custom, open bathroom with stone and walnut stained cherry double sink vanity, stone and glass-tile 5′ by 5′ glass-walled shower with skylight. The bathroom also features custom medicine cabinets, Duravit toilet and Hansgrohe fixtures. Off the master bedroom Read More >

Free Docomomo DC Happy Hour, Victor Lundy Exhibit – Feb. 21

Join Docomomo DC and the AIA’s Architects Foundation at the Octagon Museum for a free happy hour and chance to experience an exhibit featuring the work of architect and artist Victor Lundy, FAIA. The exhibit, Victor Lundy: Educating an Architect + Preservation of Modern Architecture, is an immersive gallery showcase highlighting drawings, images, and works from Lundy’s Beaux-Arts and Bauhaus education as well as his service during World War II. Featured works from his career include the U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington, D.C., and U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka. The event is free but registration is required.


Architecture and Design Film Festival Returns to DC

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), which made its debut in Washington last year at the National Building Museum (NBM), is returning to to Washington Feb. 21-24. The ADFF is the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture in design. The festival is presented by the NBM with the Revada Foundation. The Opening Night celebration and screening of Frank Gehry: Building Justice, will be held the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. The festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The museum will be the venue for all films, featuring three separate theaters, two of which will be specially outfitted for the festival, including the Museum’s iconic Great Hall. Other films will explore the work of Dieter Rams, Renzo Piano (his Botín Center in Santander, Spain, is pictured above) and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.

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