These homes are wonderful. Working in this area, Lourdes and I are very familiar with them. His use of glass, allowing the outside in, is masterful. When available, we include them as key viewing homes for buyers. We are fortunate to have so many small pockets of these homes in our area.
Charles M. Goodman (1906-1992) was an American architect who made a name with his mid-century modern/contemporary designs in suburban Washington, D.C. after World War II including homes in Wheaton.
Goodman designed the original National Airport outside of Washington, D.C. After attending the Illinois Institute of Technology, Goodman came to D.C. in 1934 to work as the designing architect in the Public Buildings Administration. He later served as head architect at the Treasury Department and the Air Transport Command. After World War II he worked closely with Robert C. Davenport designing and site planning most of the Hollin Hills neighborhood in Alexandria, VA where his firm, Charles M. Goodman Associates designed over 14 models of houses.
Other projects included the 1964 Unitarian Church in Arlington, VA, his own residence, Goodman House, in 1954 on Quaker Lane in Alexandria. In Reston, he designed a cluster of townhouses in the woods above Lake Anne known as Hickory Cluster. He also did designs in Washington, D.C. at the Southwest Waterfront and just north of Fort McNair.
Goodman was famous for his contemporary designs, orienting homes at angles to the street instead of head-on, generous use of glass and limited removal of trees to maintain the wooded affect.
In Maryland, Goodman designed homes in Takoma Park and the Wheaton area of Silver Spring.
His 1951 development in Takoma Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, as the Takoma Avenue Historic District.
Goodman developed two neighborhoods in Wheaton.
His 1949-51 development off of Viers Mill Road known as Hammond Woods was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, as the Hammond Wood Historic District.
His 1958-61 development off Connecticut Avenue known as Rock Creek Woods was listed on the National Register of Historic places and is known as the Rock Creek Woods Historic District.
These homes don’t resell often, but there has been a resurgence of interest since the late 90’s that has made them rather sought after homes. Most real estate agents that know about them will always state in their remarks about the home that it is a “Goodman Contemporary”.