DC-Metro Modern Home Tour is Back this October

by Katelyn Rutt

Get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the DMV’s top residential designs.

Ware Street South, Vienna (Photo courtesy of Sean Shanahan)

The DC-Metro Modern Home Tour is returning October 5 for the third year in a row.  The self-guided tour, hosted by the Modern Architecture + Design Society and event partner listModern, will give Washingtonians an inside look at some examples of the District’s most contemporary interiors and exteriors. This year tour-goers will have the opportunity to check out seven diverse properties alongside the builders, designers and architects who brought them to life.

Returning as a non-profit partner for the event is the American Institute of Architecture Students University of Maryland chapter. During the event, students will volunteer in exchange for a donation to the club — allowing them to raise funds, earn volunteer hours and make connections in their field.

The tour runs from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. allowing visitors to explore at their own pace and spend as much or as little time in each residence as desired. There will be opportunities to mingle with homeowners, architects and designers at each location, all of which are scattered throughout the areas of Maryland, Virginia and Washington. Featured local participants include KUBE architecture, Paola One Design and Travis Price Architects.

This year’s ticket also includes an afterparty at a seventh stop. Hosted by listModern and sponsored by Suntrust Morgage and KVS Title, tourgoers are invited to mingle, enjoy light refreshments and listen to local jazz band, Accidental RED. D.C.-based American post-minimalist artist Joseph Shetler’s work will also be displayed during the party.

MacArthur Boulevard NW, DC (Photo by Sean Shanahan

Participating properties include:

(1) Tenleytown: A repurposed and redesigned shipping container that currently serves as an art gallery.

(2) North Kensington: A dual modern (renovation and addition) upgrade to KUBE architecture’s principal’s 1950 mid-century modern home.

(3) Garrett Park: A modern renovation of a 1957 home that now affords multi-generational habitation, age-in-place living and required wheelchair accessibility for visitors and residents on the first floor.

(4) Takoma Park: A tiny mid-century home renovated into a cozy, modern oasis.

(5) Arlington: A brand-new modern renovation and addition to an Arlington 1950s brick rambler that has been awarded gold level Arlington Green Home Choice.

(6) Fairfax: A brand-new modern home that symbolizes a 2-year journey by the homeowners to customize their own home.

(7) Great Falls: A brand-new modern home that sports a unique shape and uses impressive amounts of glass to bring in the natural light.



Advance tickets for the home tour are $40 and $50 for day of purchase. Ages 10+ are welcome. For more details, to see a current roster of homes with details and photos, and to buy tickets for the DC Modern Home Tour, visit: https://2019metromod.eventbrite.com?discount=WASHLIFE19

Raleigh Avenue, Garrett Park (Photo by Chris Jacques Photography)

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