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  • I’d have to see more pictures, even from the outside, to make the call whether or not this is the coolest house in DC. From what is posted here, I’ll say it has some interesting detail and potential, though. Did you really walk to there? About how far of a walk would that be?

  • Sorry, where is Forest Hills? Amazing house!

  • It looks like Cameron’s house in Ferris Bueler – really is stunning in person.
    Did a hash run last fall and was really impressed – though that could have been the beer.

  • Looks very Frank Lloyd Wright-ish. Is it his design?

    • I would guess it’s someone trying to copy his work. There’s a lot that looks as if it were taken from FLW, right down to the FLW red (though the color in the photo might be somewhat deceiving and I then would be mistaken) – but it doesn’t blend in enough with the environment, which is a hallmark of FLW’s work. Maybe someone wanted it to be in the style of FLW and then they put their individual twist or mark on it to make it their own.

      • Actually the look is far more Mies or Eames than Wright, to name just two of the many mid-20th century “modern” designers out there. Most who have an appreciation for the ones who produced real quality understand that Wright wasn’t as good as his PR was meant to lead one to believe.

        • Who knew that there were architecture hipsters?

          • More like poorly educated architectural snobs. Mies and Wright were the only architects each other were wanted to meet (and they met once). Both were a little weak on structural issues, and good at leaky roofs.

          • Corey, this made me LOL. Thanks! :)

        • I’d love to know more about the build date on this house. If it were FLW or Eames inspired then you’d be describing their 30-40’s work. Mid Century period commonalities here would be later mainstream knockoffs to that president. Very cool to see this style in DC though. I’m from Arizona originally and it’s everywhere due to the retirement boom during that time frame.

  • Ah yes the house at the end of Audubon Terrace.

  • The house was designed by Neutra. It was his only one in DC and the last one in the US. The original owners still live there. Here’s a Post article about it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/04/AR2008070401381.html?sid=ST2008070401759&pos=list

    • Holy cow, for real!? Had no idea there was a Neutra house in DC! I bet the folks who live there are going to be real thankful to PoP for all the architecture nerds lurking about in their yard now…

  • not sure if it’s the COOLEST

  • Aww… all the beautiful and distinctly-DC architecture gets passed over for some wannabe 1960s movie star abode? It’s a cool place and all, just would have rather seen the love for something a little bit more DC. The city might be Hollywood for ugly people, but our historic homes aren’t. Don’t go giving all the love to more Hollywood!

    • For many, “DC Architecture” means cookie cutter colonials in Spring Valley or any other neighborhood that was built up around or after the war. To others it’s a Victorian in Logan. The colonials were part of the continuation of the McKim, Meade, and White neoclassical revival that was a reaction to the Victorian. The moderns (“Hollywoods” as you call them” are simply a reaction to (and to many, a progression from) the colonials. And so the evolution continues.

      • I like all different types of architecture (and yes, this house is cool!), but to me when I think of “DC architecture” for houses I think of Wardmans.

    • Cool is different from gorgeous, or amazing, or some of the many adjectives that describe historic/traditional DC architecture. This is certainly a super cool house, and attests to PoP’s great taste that it turns out to be a Neutra!!

  • Believe it or not, the DC Metro area is considered to have a wealth of MCM houses, clustered primarily in suburban enclaves (Hollin Hills, Holmes Run, Mohican Hills, Hammond Woods, Glen Echo Heights to name a few). Forest Hills has one of the few clusters in DC proper.

    Modern Capital is a great resource for those interested in all things MCM, or convincing that the suburbs has the city beat on at least one front beyond schools shopping malls, and Cheesecake Factories

  • Interesting house, but certainly NOT the coolest in DC.

  • Indeed, it was designed by Ricard J. Neutra (1892-1970). It was built in 1968, and he personally selected the lot for their International style house. The house is his last work, and the only example of his work in DC. Architect Heather Willson Cass designed the 1992 addition. We included this in our book Forest Hills (Marjorie Elfin, Paul Williams, and Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance), Arcadia, 2006.

  • PoP, I know this home very well. Email me if you’d like to see inside and I’ll see what I can do.

    That said, sometimes it’s nice just to imagine….

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