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MODERN INFORMAL—Living room of remodeled home of Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Pierre Trouchaud,
3256 Prospect avenue N.W. designed to emphasize informality.
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area of Trouchaud home, showing opening in screening wall which allows service from
Kitcnen. —Photos by Louft & Wolf.
French Architect Turns Georgetown Store
Into Home of 'Modern Informal' Type
greater space—the two-level fire
place at left, behind chair, con
tributes atmosphere to both levels
Beneath the hearth is a space
through which wood is brought up
from the cellar.
Built into the left wall are a con
cealed closet, radio and record
player, and bookshelves, which are
lighted by two “spotlights.” Gen
eral lighting is indirect, coming
from three ‘'spotlights” recessed
into the window shelf, and from the
double ceiling in foreground.
Lower photo show's the dining
room, also lighted indirectly from a
double ceiling. This room is a con
tinuation of the living room* but is
concealed from it by the entrance
wall. The curved screen-like wall
showm in the photo conceals kitchen
and rear door from view of persons
in living room.
Service From Kitchen.
In this curved wall is a large
opening for service from the kitch
en. The panel is covered with the
same material as the screen and
can be closed.
Mr. Trouchaud said he got the
idea for the design of the curved
screening wall from the typical en
trance to French bomb shelters.
“It’s a practical idea, too,” he said,
‘and makes it unnecessary to have a
door in the small area.”
Mr. Trouchaud, w'ho was grad
uated in 1937 from the Ecole Na
tional des Beaux Arts in Paris,
where he won the Prix Guadet, was
a captain in the French Army dur
ing the war.
He was with the French military
mission here for a time, then was
| attached to the 12th Army Group in
j France and Germany, and subse
| quently returned here with the
j French Mission of Reconstruction.
District Rental
j Housing Picture
Applications for rental housing to
j taling 816, of which 784 were for
houses and apartments and 32 for
! rooms, were filed during the last
week at the District Veterans Hous
ing Center.
In the same period, 185 dwelling
units and 179 rooms were listed for
Applicants were classified as fol
i lows;
Veterans and Civil
Servicemen, ians. Total.!
Just Arrived _ 116 13 1291
Separated from 11
Families ___ P9 13 112;,
Unreasonable dis- c
tance to Commute 10 1 11 j?
Evictions . 69 21 90 1
Desire to Move from ^
Public Housing _ 417 56 473 :
Totals"TIC 104 Sid:
Private Buyers to Sign Monday
For Fairlington, McLean Units
By Robert J. Lewis
Real Estate Editor of the Star
The Fairmac Corp„ a firm organization under Montana laws and
headed by Leo F. Corrigan and Leland Fikes, Dallas, Tex., will sign a
$43,600,000 contract of sale at 11 a.m. Monday for Fairlington, Mc
Lean Gardens and a 180-unit development in Bremerton, Washington
State, it was learned today.
Defense Homes Corp., which owns the properties, last January accept
ea me Dia 01 mr. auu a***.’
Fikes, president and vice president
of the corporation.
No money as yet has been paid
to DHC by the two bidders. On
Monday, an agency sponesman said,
a *100,000 “earnest money payment’’
will be made.
Payment Due October 12.
The contract will be signed in the
office of Dillon S. Myer, commis
sioner of the Federal Public Housing
Authority, president of the DHC
The *100,000 will be applied to a
down pavment of *4,000,000 due prior
to October 12. The intervening
time will be allowed for title search,
it was explained.
Annual gross income on Fairling
ton’s 3,439 apartments in 579 build
ings is *3,013,000, DHC said. Gross
income on McLean Gardens’ 720
apartments in 31 buildings, and 1,192
furnished rooms in nine residence
halls, amounts to $1,250,000, DHC
Terms of Contract.
Under terms of the contract, the
DHC will retain a 28-year mortgage
at 2% per cent. After April 1,
1952, the Government will par
ticipate in net earnings to the ex
tent of 50 'per cent, and these pay
ments will be applied against the
principal, it was explained.
At present, 4,000 rental applica
tions are on file for Fairlington
apartments, which becomes vacant
at an average rate of 50 a month.
Applications for McLean Gardens
apartments total 1,100. The num
ber of apartments which become
vacant each month ranges from
three to 10, DHC estimated.
Under the contract, the buyers
nave agreed to rent to veterans “sub
stantially all” apartments which be
come vacant up to January 1, 1950.
Realty Men's Outing
Golf Games Arranged
Arrangements have been made lor
members of the Washington Real
Estate Board attending the 10th an
nual stag outing next Tuesday at
Bay Ridge, Md., to use the An
napolis Roads golf course, Charles
H. Hiliegeist, board president, said
A. S. Gardner, Jr„ will be In
charge of golf features.
The board party will leave from
the offices at 1417 K street N.W. at
12:30 p.m. Tuesday with police
escort from the Metropolitan Police
Department and the Maryland
State Police.
Dinner wifi be served at 6:15 pm
after softball, horseshoe pitching
contests and other events in the
afternoon. The Leon Brusiloff or
chestra will provide special enter
General chairman is Howard E.
Thompson. Committees follow: En
tertainment, Richard J. Donohoe,
R. Lee Baxter and J. McKenney
Berry, jr.; games, J. Lee Donelly
and Henry L. Bouscaren; dinner,
A. S. Gardner, jr., Joseph E. Swain
and H. W. Morgan, jr.; souvenirs,
Prank Paroni and John R. Neale;
tickets, J. C. Weedon, jr., and A.
Britton Browne.
Sreene Named Foley Aide
Walter L. Greene, 2929 Connecti
ut avenue N.W., has been appointed
ssistant to Commissioner Raymond;
4. Foley of the Federal Housing’
Ldministration, j
Sunbathing Cited
As Hazard to
Housing Project
A new hazard to swift production
of homes has been encountered in
the Washington area.
Builders in the past have been
plagued by materials shortages, ris
ing costs, and other stumbling
Now comes the problem of sun
A builder in the Silver Spring
area today complained with a grin
that this custom pursued by sunsuit
clad neighborhood women was slow
ing down work on his apartment
“The men don’t want to work
with their backs to the view,” he
Upkeep of Grounds
Proves Effective in
Enhancing Property
By W. Wadsworth Wood
A well-built house located on
poorly-kept ground does not show
to advantage, while a house of less
actual value which is situated on
well-kept property is often placed
in a better price bracket.
It is usually assumed that the
same carelessness shown by ill-kept
grounds has been given to the house
and, therefore, it might require con
siderable repair to offset the lack of
proper maintenance.
To keep the average suburban
place in excellent shape with a mini
mum of labor is not a big job if you
plan in advance.
Lawn a Major Point.
The first earmark of a well-kept
place is a well-cut lawn. There is
not much that can be done to avoid
the weekly cutting, but much can
be done to shorten the job by doing
away with flower beds and edged
shrub clumps which have to be cut
around. Arrange to have lawns
that can be cut quickly and in
straight lines without delay.
The next earmark of a well-kept
property is the edging of roads and
paths, because the clearly-defined
line between roads and grass always
looks neat, while a broken down or
uneven edge is unsightly.
A permanent edge of metal or
wood strip eliminates the most ar
duous of all grounds-keeping tasks,
and roads and paths so outlined
will always look well.
weeding tasily none.
A third step in arranging for order
without much effort is to do away
with road or path weeding. Any one
who has taken care of his own place :
knows what a hard, never-ending
task this is. Nevertheless, one appli
cation of weed-killer, applied after -
a good heavy rain or a heavy
sprinkling of the road, will give you
a year’s respite from the task.
The usual job of weeding consists
of using a scraper which simply
cuts the heads off the weeds, but
leaves the roots under the surface to
flower again in another week or so.
The weed-killef will destroy both ,
weed and root permanently.
(Released by The Bell Syndicate, Ine.)
718 Apartments
In 3 Projects
Approved byFHA
D. C. Permits Jump
To $3,034,605 Total
During Week
More than 700 rental apartments
in three projects have been ap
proved for mortgage insurance by
the District office of the Federal
Housing Administration, it was dis
posed today.
Belle View Apartments, Section 1,
will be built cm Eye street and
Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
Alexandria, by George C. Landretlu
Arthur R. Rupley, Ebner R. Dun”
cah and Eugene J. Olmi, with an
insured mortgage of $2,851,800. It
will have 326 units.
Another of 300 Units.
High Point apartments will be
built in the 1000 block of Barnaby
terrace S.E. by High Point Apart
ments, Inc., with an insured mort
gage of $2,303,500. It will have 300
A third project of 92 units will
>e built on Third avenue and Fourth
find Atlantic streets S.E. bv M. Rod
nan, Nathan Siegel, Irwin Geiger
md Max Wortheimer, operating as
-he Southern Hills Development
Dorp., with an insured mortgage of
Disclosure of the 300-unit District '
project came this week with issu
ince of permits by Robert H. Davis,
District building inspections direc- i
tor. Builder will be the Standard
See PERMITS, Page B-2.)
Moth-Proof Mixture
Applied With Brush
'Cedarizes' Closets
By Hilson Munsey
The time of the year when moths ;
set in their destructive work in here.
One method of eliminating them '
has been to store clothing, blankets
and anything made of wool in a i
cedar-lined closet, but to line a i
closet with cedar boards is an ex- '
pensive job. Instead, it is possible :
to obtain the same results with a '
material of plastic-like c<yisisteney i
that will serve the same purpose at ]
considerably less cost and work.
This preparation is a compound i
cf crushed cedar wood, impregnated i
with cedar oil largely in excess of 1
the amount that would naturally be ]
contained in cedar board that has i
lot been specially treated. The ma- ]
terial is mixed with water to the
accessary consistency and can be i ’
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my surface. Moths dislike the odor
}f cedar oil and will not go into a *
iloset that has been so treated. To j
:oat a closet with this preparation ;
losts only about one-tenth of the :
imount that it would cost to line 1
ihe closet with cedar wood.
The average-sized closet can be j
minted with this material in about ‘
in hour. Its use will save the time '
shat is.Usually spent in packing and ‘
storing garments in bags to keep ‘
>ut the moths. It will also seal up ,
ill cracks and crevices where moths ,
need. The preparation makes a
smooth surface that will not rub off ,
>r stain and it never requires re- |
painting. j
It does require spraying each sea- t
son, however, with a special cedar E
)il supplied by the manufacturer, j E
(Released by Consolidated News J
Features. Inc.)
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AIR VIEW OF HOME SHOW SITE—More than 150 firms are ex
pected to hold exhibitions at the home show to be held October
11 through 19 at the District National Guard Armory, Twentieth
and East Capitol streets, shown above in an air view. Clarence
W. Gosnell is general chairman of the show. Sponsor is the
Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Washington. More
than 72,000 square feet of floor space will be occupied.
'Fight for Housing Day' Slated
June 25, With Session Here
A national “Fight for Housing Day,” sponsored by more than a
score of organizations, will be observed here June 25 by a meeting
it 9:30 a.m. in Room 318, Senate Office Building, at which legislator*
dll discuss pending housing legislation.
That was announced today by the Rev. Thomas Keehn, chairman
>f the Committee for Housing Day
uid a representative of the Council
jf Social Action of the Congrega
tional Christian Churches.
The Rev. Mr. Keehn said that
iimultaneous meetings will be held
n other cities.
Members of Congress to address
,he session here will include Sen
ders Taft, Republican, of Ohio;
Wagner, Democrat, of New York,
md Ellender, Democrat, of Louis
ana, who sponsored the Taft-Ellen-«
ier-Wagner general housing bill in
he Senate, and Representative
ravits. Republican, of New York,
vho sponsored a companion meas
lre in the House.
“Although the housing crisis
eached a point in late 1945 which
esulted in a virtual veterans’ re
rolt and a veterans’ emergency
lousing program was put under
vay, today the situation is worse
han ever before,” the Rev. Mr.
Ceehn said, adding:
“The veterans* program is out
»f the window, builders have priced
hemselves out of the market, and
hose of average income—including
lundreds of thousands of veterans
md their families—have almost
ost hope.”
Washingtonians to Speak
Two Washingtonians will address
he 40th convention of the National
Association of Building Owners and
Managers, opening at Boston June
3 for a three-day session. They are
V. p. Reynolds, commissioner of
he Public Buildings Administration,
.nd Rufus S. Lusk, secretary of the
ocal chapter. Others to attend from
Vashington will be T. R. Imlay,
ames McD. Shea, Harry Garrity,
i. C. Parsons and Morris R. Clark.
250 Apprentices Listed
Gino J. Sitni, District director of
pprenticeship, reported today 250
ndentured apprentices in 17 build
ng trades were registered as of
une f with the District Apprentice
hip Council. Carpenter, bricklayers
nd electricians led, with 68, 34 and
3, respectively.
First Aid
For Houses
By Roger C. Whitman
Question: My cellar floor is real
rough and there are cracks in it,
and I would like to know what I
can put on the floor to smooth it
off and flx the cracks.
Answer: If the floor is badly
cracked, it would be more practical
to have a new one laid. A few oc
casional cracks, however, can be
filled with mortar. First, widen and
deepen the cracks with hammer and
cold chisel, making the sides of the
grooves straight. Brush out all
loose cement and sand; then make
the surfaces wet (do not flood) and
pack with a fairly stiff mixture of
one part Portland cement and three
parts of clean, coarse sand. Keep
the patch damp for several days. If
you have a terrazzo contractor in
your community, he could smooth
the surface by grinding it down
with a terrazzo grinding machine.
Putting in a Basement.
Question: Can you give me any
information concerning the best and
easiest way of installing a basement
in a dwelling already erected with
out one? Also on the construction
of an outside chimney and inside
Answer: If you know nothing,
about this type of work, it is best
to have it all done by an experi
enced contractor; there is too much
risk involved. If you attempt the
basement work by yourself, the
house may fall in, or the structure
may become weakened if not prop
erly supported. If a chimney Is not
correctly built, there Is grave danger
from fire or leakage.
If you wish a leaflet on the chim
ney work, send 10 cents in coin to
the Superintendent of Documents,
Washington, D. C„ and ask for the
Farmers Bulletin 1889, on chimney
and fireplace construction.
(Released by the Consolidated New*
Features, Inc.)
The two pictures above are a
fresh illustration that there appar
ently are no limits to what can be
done through imaginative remodel
They are views of the first-floor
interior of an old Georgetown store
building, transformed by French
Architect Jean-Pierre Trouchaud
into his home.
Not long ago, Mr. and Mrs. Trou
chaud bought the small building at
3256 Prospect avenue N.W., and Mr.
Trouchaud immediately got busy at
his drawing board. Today the 14
by-38-foot property has a 20-foot
long living room and work area,
dining room, kitchen and lavatory
on the first floor, and two bedrooms,
dressing room, bath, and terrace on
the second floor.
Many Unusual Features.
Built into the house are so many
unusual features on a “modern in
formal" theme that the Citizens;
Council for Community Planning se
lected it for inclusion on a recent
home tour.
Photo at top shows living room,
which contains a baby grand piano
and seats 12 persons, besides provid
ing a work area for Mr. Trouchaud
(off to right, but not shown) .
The living room is on two levels,
with the window side, about a foot
and-a-half low'C-r than the area
shown in foreground of photo. Ini
line with'this difference in level— |
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