Monument to the Mexicans
Cabin John architect James Wilner follows directions to a T. “I asked for privacy, so he gave me a house with no windows,” says Alicia Radice.
Radice, an Argentine physician, loves Spanish styles—particularly Mexican. Hence the façade’s pyramidlike shapes reminiscent of Aztec or Mayan monuments. Radice’s husband, Horst von Schilling, jokes that the house looks like a bunker, but huge windows facing a large interior courtyard fill it with light. Skylights and lofty ceilings add to the airy feel.
Radice stumbled upon her literalist architect when she and von Schilling bought the lot where their house stands in Cabin John. She told her agent that she’d spotted an interesting nearby house and wanted to find who designed it. Look no further, the agent said. The architect was her husband.