International Style Homes in the Washington DC Metro Area

During a fairly compressed period of time, the International architectural style accounted for a major portion of commercial and residential construction in Washington Metro. While the design movement dates back to the 1920's as part of a new modernist era, it didn't really take hold in the DC area until after World War II. From the late 1940's through the 1960's, the international style was the dominant force in the area, primarily used for mid-rise and hi-rise buildings. That translates into contemporary condos for sale.

The name for the style associated with these tall boxy buildings came from the hugely influential Modern Architecture - International Exhibition, presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, 1932. At the time, there were some complaints within established design circles that the exhibition's leading lights, designers Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock, were ignoring or minimizing certain elements of Modernism and Expressionism - effectively lumping a chosen group of architectural examples together in order to arrive at a fundamental concept of extremely simplified design. Regardless, a new era was born, finding its maturation point after the coming world war. To learn more about International style homes in Washington DC metro area, check out the MLS listings below:

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International Style Homes in Washington DC Metro AreaThe Washington metropolitan area has been long known for traditional forms of architectural design that overlapped and mingled. The late 1940's brought an abrupt change as the International style arrived with its 90-degree angles, side-by-side balconies and unbroken grids of windows. While tall boxy buildings exemplify this movement, there are also examples of single-family homes that drew from the International style. These houses designs are also associated with contemporary and modern architecture and can include flat or shallow-pitched roofs, large windows and plain exteriors. An organic connection from the house to outdoor space through landscaping, is also a hallmark.

When it comes down to it, the International tag is often a matter of usage. Homes favoring other design movements are sometimes labeled International due to the era of construction or simply by choice. The reverse is also true – many true International style buildings are lumped in with generalized categories such as hi-rises. While the heyday of the style had ended by the 1970's, there was some carry-over, including a merging with curvilinear concepts. The era that followed the International style is generally regarded as postmodern architecture.

You can find International style properties for sale throughout Alexandria, Arlington and the rest of the DC Metro area, with a very diverse range of prices, from around $100,000 all the way to a 10,000 square-foot home with five bedrooms in DC's Kent neighborhood for just under $20 million.



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Listing information last updated on December 9th, 2019 at 7:30am EST.