D.C. to New Canaan or Bust: Johnson’s Glass House Now Open

If you are looking for a good road trip to escape D.C. this summer, head up to New Canaan, Conn., to see Philip Johnson’s Glass House, which is now open to the public for the first time since it was built in 1949. But you’ll have to wait until later this summer because the $25 a ticket tours (which will run from April to October) are already sold out through July. Here are some good articles on the opening of the house to the public from The New York Sun, USA Today and The Hartford Courant. New Canaan is around 270 miles from D.C. Have a good trip.

ArchitectureDC on I.M. Pei, Neutra and Goodman Homes in D.C.

When I was looking for information on the D.C. “Case Study House,” I came across this Summer 2003 issue of ArchitectureDC, a publication of the Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Not only does it have a short item on that house, but an interesting article (beginning on page 7 of the issue) on the 1962 I.M Pei-designed Slayton House located in Cleveland Park. The magazine also has short items (page 14) on the 1968 Brown House by Richard Neutra in the Van Ness area and one on Charles Goodman’s 1960s aluminum-infused River Park townhomes, which are located on 4th St., SW, between N and O streets.

Slideshow of Several Charles Goodman Designed Homes

Here’s slideshow of several Charles Goodman-designed homes.
It is posted on the Hollin Hills Talks blog, which is run by the House in the Woods Club, a group of Hollin Hills residents “who are interested in maintaining the architecture, design, community and integrity of Hollin Hills.”

Not Every Mid-Century Modern Home Is a Frank Lloyd Wright

Is it just me or do you hate when real estate agents describe all mid-century modern homes as being in the “Frank Lloyd Wright-style?” Have they ever head of any other architects?
Well, anyway here is a Washington Post piece from today that actually is about a Frank Lloyd Wright home. The story is about AOL co-counder Jim Kinsey’s effort to restore a 1959 FLW home in McLean perched on the banks of the Potomac.

Embracing the Mid-Century Bathroom–Or Not

To embrace the mid-century bathroom or not? That is the question posed by an article in Thursday’s Washington Post Home section. The article gives tips on how to better maximize the look of that pink or powder blue ceramic-tiled bathroom. It also discusses options if you’re not a fan of teal or green: from ripping out the tiles to reglazing.

Importance of the Mid-Century Ranch

The Washington Post Real Estate section ran an interesting piece by Katharine Salant, a Harvard-trained architect and long-time journalist, on the history of the ranch and how its simple, modern design has become the basis for most American homes.
“Just peel away those Tuscan touches and Tudor treatments and take a closer look at the construction methods, the location of the major living spaces, the generous use of glass that blurs the distinction between indoor and outdoor space, and the open floor plans that combine several functions within one area of the house,” she writes.
Salant also highlights the contributions of Cliff May and Joseph Eichler for making mid-century ranches really cool. This article contrasts with one a few weeks ago that the Post did highlighting those keen on turning mid-century ranches into McMansions.

Hollin Hills Homeowners’ Blog

Here’s a blog written by some homeowners in Hollin Hills. It covers the latest goings on in the mid-century modern community.

Interview with Owners of Hollin Hills Goodman

Check out this MetroWeekly interview with architect Ray Goodrow and high-school teacher Paul Newhouse about their Hollin Hills Goodman. I’m not really sure why the headline describes the home as a “mid-century Georgian,” but the article includes great interior images of the home and the couple’s mid-century modern furniture collection. Take a peek inside.

D.C.’s ‘Disappearing’ Ranches

The Washington Post Real Estate section ran a piece yesterday detailing the increasing trend of people in the D.C. area turning modest mid-century single-story ranches into anything other than modest mid-century single-story ranches.
Described as “an American architectural problem child,” the Post article says “ranches fell into disfavor, and now it seems we can’t get rid of them fast enough.” As you can see, the story takes a derisive view of the mid-century ranch, although it does quote Jim Brown, the founder of Atomic Ranch magazine, calling for ranches to be left essentially as they are.
I agree with Brown. I’ve been working on restoring with period details my own 1956 split-level, but people can do whatever they want. If people want to take a 2,000 square foot ranch and turn it into a 11,000 square foot New England-style home, they can do it. But do they need all 11,000 square feet to be happy?

1965 Goodman Townhomes Near Lake Anne Village in Reston

The mid-century modern Charles Goodman townhomes near Lake Anne Village are part of Hickory Cluster in Reston, Virginia.
When Robert Simon started developing Reston as a modern planned community in the early 1960s, he asked Charles Goodman to design the first set of homes. Goodman designed a number of the townhome clusters, which have become known as Hickory Cluster, and high-rise apartment buildings.

Call Modern Capital founder and Realtor Michael Shapiro for your mid-century real estate needs.

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