The tour will include a house on Chesterfield Place NW in Washington that’s inspired by the surrounding trees of Rock Creek Park. (Tony Brown)

Although the Washington region may be better known for its brick Colonial-style stately houses, some gems of modern architecture can also be found in the area.

The Modern Architecture and Design Society and are organizing the first DC Metro Area Modern Home Tour on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants can go on a self-guided tour of several modern homes and meet the owners to hear about living in a contemporary residence. Architects, builders and designers will also be in the houses to talk about their inspiration for the residences and the challenges of creating cutting-edge homes.

Among the houses open on the tour are a residence designed by Travis Price on Chesterfield Place NW that is inspired by the surrounding trees and rocks of Rock Creek Park. The house has four stories of windows with cantilevered balconies. Interior materials of stone and wood blend with the nature outside the rooms.

Another residence designed by Travis Price on Fulton Street NW is a remodel of an existing two-story house into a four-story house with a roof deck. The passive solar house has a perforated stainless-steel exterior. Glass walkways and walls blur the lines between indoors and outdoors.

Tickets cost $40, with kids under 10 attending free.

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