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joan goody received many honors for her work
as an architect. Hanging in her bedroom are the
Award of Honor from the Boston Society of
Architects, which she received in 2005 for her
lifetime achievements, and a medal signifying
her status as a Fellow of the American Institute
Marvin Goody’s. Comfortable as everything is,
the house still conveys a modernist sense that a
dwelling is also a gallery.
There’s a collection of classic modernist
chairs, too, not for show but for daily use. Six
tubular “Brno” chairs, copies of those designed
in the 1920s by famed architect Mies van der
Rohe, surround the dining table. Another replica Mies chair sits by the telephone. The living
room holds a cardboard chair and two ottomans
designed by American architect Frank Gehry.
The house also has two of Gehry’s popular
“peach basket” chairs, made of curving bentwood slats, a Charles Eames lounger, and a
rocker by the Danish designer Hans Wegner.
There’s even a languid-looking sofa Joan herself designed, which she never, says Lesley, liked
Joan admired modern design, but she
also loved tradition. She enjoyed Boston’s old
neighborhoods, especially the walk through the
Public Garden to her Back Bay office. She was
a strong public advocate for good design, most
notably in her years as chair of the Boston Civic
She left many of the objects in the loft to
friends, but with the stipulation that they must
still be in the house when it was shown to potential buyers. She thought the house, without its
contents, simply wouldn’t be itself.