Architecture group offer tours of noteworthy modern District homes

This parkside home on Chesterfield Place NW will be featured on a tour of modern architecture. (photo by Ken Wyner)

The Modern Architecture + Design Society will spotlight four Northwest homes on the inaugural DC-Metro Modern Home Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three of the featured houses are the handiwork of Travis Price Architects, including two contemporary homes in Forest Hills.

The first, a Chesterfield Place NW residence, offers a street side of patina copper and a park side clad with transparent super-insulated glazing, with trees wrapping around the house and their natural colors reflecting in the glass, according to event organizers. The other property, on the same street, features “stunning red brick, warm wood, and exciting installations of glass which organically bring the exposures of Rock Creek Park into every level of the home,” the event website says.

The modern Chesterfield Place home takes advantage of its park views. (photo by Ken Wyner)

Also on the tour is a home on Fulton Street NW in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. The renovation by Travis Price Architects expanded the original two-story residence, with the 1940s exterior “wrapped in perforated stainless steel as a shimmering skin with peaks of restored older windows as memories of the past.” The interior was rebuilt to 21st-century standards, complete with “Birch Ply ceilings, maple floors, sheetrock, exposed steel and great glass floors.”

The fourth featured Northwest home, located on Corcoran Street NW in Logan Circle, was completely gutted and renovated by Forma Design Inc. and contractor MCA Remodeling. The project replaced a convoluted layout in the 1900 row house with an open, light-filled design that facilitates the display of art and “uncluttered living,” according to the website.

During the self-guided event, tourgoers will have a chance to learn from homeowners what it’s like to live in a cutting-edge home and to hear from on-site architects, builders and designers how they find inspiration for these residences.

The Austin, Texas-based Modern Architecture + Design Society worked with local real estate group Contemporary Listings to organize the tour. Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design, a group founded in 1993 by Price to foster international design-build education and cultural exchange, is the nonprofit beneficiary.

Tickets cost $40, with free admission for ages 9 and younger when accompanying their parents. A $100 VIP ticket includes a pre-tour event. Visit the Modern Architecture + Design Society’s website at to learn more.