The owners of this 5-bedroom, 3-bath Charles Goodman in Rock Creek Woods are looking for interested buyers to make an offer on the 1959 home, which is located at 4007 Ingersol Dr. The 76-home community in Silver Spring by Goodman and builders Herschel and Marvin Blumberg is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great place to view the Cherry blossoms. Here’s a recent piece in the Examiner about the mid-century modern community.
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A shot from a few days ago in Hammond Wood in Silver Spring.
Congratulations to the current and former residents of Rock Creek Woods, the Charles Goodman-designed community off Connecticut Avenue in Silver Spring for marking the community’s 50th anniversary with a Labor Day weekend celebration. The residents kicked off the festivities on Saturday with a reception at the neighborhood’s Good Shepherd Church to reminisce and socialize. This was followed by a 1960s themed pot luck dinner. After dinner, the residents enjoyed dessert and a slideshow focused on the history of the community.
An original marketing sign was on display at one of the homes on the tour.
On Sunday, residents (and this lucky blogger) enjoyed a Home and Garden Tour of 10 different residences in the 76-home community, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Place in 2004. Several of the homes hosted live music performances, while one hosted a wine tasting party. In addition to the activities to mark the occasion, members of the community created a book containing such items as original brochures and essays about the neighborhood by residents. Here’s to another 50 years to a great mid-century modern neighborhood, not to mention a great group of people.
Does this house look familiar? It is the onein the Modern Capital logo.
Sligo at the Silver Spring, Singular blog has a nice post (with pictures) on Weller’s, the Googie dry cleaning building in Silver Spring.
The house in Rock Creek Woods that my logo is based on is open again this Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s listed at $599K
The Washington Post highlights Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods in its “Where We Live” column, with writer Andrea Rouda saying that “outstanding architecture doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. … Every resident lives in a work of art, but the average selling price is about $600,000.”
Goodman, whose architecture was heavily influenced by Mies van Der Rohe and Walter Gropius, took great care in siting each of the 76 homes in the Silver Spring neighborhood located here, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
“Like Frank Lloyd Wright before him, Goodman believed strongly that a house should enhance its natural setting without destroying it,” Rouda writes. “Because he insisted on siting each home to take advantage of the rocky topography, the houses all front on slightly different angles, giving them the flavor of tree houses scattered in a forest. The land is hilly and rocky, so each house has a lower level that is partially underground at or near the front, but fully above ground with a patio door and floor-to-ceiling windows at the side or back.”
One of the distinctive features of Goodman’s homes in Rock Creek Woods are the funky color exterior hardboard, or Masonite panels. Elizabeth Jo Lampl, in her research supporting the neighborhood’s effort to be listed on the National Register, writes that Goodman’s firm “developed a color chart to guide the exterior staining and painting of the house and its trim. … Goodman specified that the vertical wall panels, flush Read More >
Here’s a look at mid-century modern homes in Maryland. Architect Joseph Miller and builder Burt Tracy built 20 mid-century contemporaries on Richland Place in the Rosemary Hills neighborhood in Silver Spring.
Miller was a leading force at Catholic University’s school of architecture and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, which presented him with more than 40 awards during his career. His honors included the 1997 Centennial Award from the Washington chapter of the AIA and awards recognizing his designs for dozens of projects, including this flat-roof MCM in D.C. I wrote about here. (The 1962 home on Tilden Street has dropped $90K to $1.595 million.)
Architectural historian Elizabeth Jo Lampl writes that the homes on Richland with their “wood exteriors and large sections of fixed glass sliders below … have been mistaken for Goodman houses but exhibit a more restrained use of glass.” I did not see any for sale when I drove through the neighborhood.