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January 17, 2012 Alcoa Care-Free Home, Charles Goodman

Endangered: Goodman Alcoa Care-Free Home in Miami – $529K

Alcoa House in Richmond

The Alcoa Care-free Home in Richmond.

Only about two dozen of  Charles Goodman’s Alcoa Care-free Homes were built around the country. In the D.C. area there, at least two were built and still standing: one in Hollin Hills and one near Richmond (pictured above.) I just read that nother one may have been built in Alexandria. Does anyone know about it?

If you are a fan of the mid-century modern home that was based on feedback from the 1956 Women’s Congress on Housing, the one built in Miami is for sale. It is being primarily marketed as a tear down. Only one of the listing’s photos has a partial shot of the exterior of the house in which you can see the signature windows grills. Thanks to Steve of the Rochester Care-free for discovering this listing. Here’s a link to Steve’s copy of the original brochure and a great renovation blog by a couple who purchased the Alcoa Care-free Home in Minnesota. I hope someone buys the house in Florida and documents their efforts to preserve what is the left of the house.

Alcoa Care-Free Home

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  1. HRu — January 18, 2012 @ 3:59 pm         Reply

    I like the additional links to the brochure and blog…really helps those of us lacking imagination see the house’s potential.

  2. Scotty — January 18, 2012 @ 9:23 pm         Reply

    There was an endangered Goodman custom house in my neighborhood and a highfalutin architect just razed it. Nothin left. I guess all his architectual schoolins didn’t learn him much about preservin an old-timey classic from the past.

    If we can’t count on modern day award winning modernists to save way-back modernist designs, who can we count on?

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