An Uncommon Architect

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Challenge  

LCOR was tasked by Fairfax County to develop a virtual tour of The Commons of McLean garden apartment complex, along with a tribute to its famed architect, Charles M. Goodman, as part of the requirements for rezoning a portion of the property for redevelopment. Though Goodman has a loyal following, there is a dearth of publication on his life and architecture. Additionally, the property would have needed historic restoration in order to create an accurate virtual tour.

Solution 

Using a report created by HistoryMatters, a prominent Washington, D.C.-based historical research firm, we developed a blueprint of extant examples of Goodman principles reflected in The Commons of McLean architecture. Photographs and videos were taken of the property as illustration. We then developed a comprehensive website outlining the history of The Commons of McLean and Tysons Corner, VA, supported by additional information on his other architectural achievements in the region. A lesson plan with worksheets was also created for use by educators with an interest in integrating the architect’s achievements into their curriculum.

Result  

The website is a valuable resource for those interested in Charles M. Goodman and his achievements at The Commons of McLean and other notable area projects. Fairfax County heartily approved the site, and LCOR was able to move forward with the rezoning of the property.

Client Overview  

An Uncommon Architect is a tribute website to Charles M. Goodman and his architectural legacy in Fairfax County, Virginia as exemplified through his work at The Commons of McLean in Tysons Corner

Services Provided

•  Brand concept & style guide

•  Historical research

•  Copywriting

•  Student curriculum

•  Design & development of website

•  Design & development of mobile site

•  Teaser site

•  Interactive map

•  Photography

•  Facebook integration

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