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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Influence on Mid-Century Modern Design
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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House in Hollin Hills neighborhood of Fairfax County designed by architect Charles M. Goodman
Frank Lloyd Wright built more than large custom homes for the wealthy. Throughout his career, he was committed to designing residences that meet the needs of typical American families with efficiency and elegant simplicity. In these smaller-scaled houses he pioneered innovations such as an open plan, centralized utilities, efficient kitchens, carports, houses built on a concrete slab, and large windows that connected the living space to nature.
Wright’s influential concepts were often watered down or disguised under a veneer of familiar styles when interpreted by other architects, but there were exceptions across the country in which clean modern design, technology, and planning produced communities of notable mid-century houses.
Join lecturer in architecture and urban studies Bill Keene as he leads a visit that features two of them: the Hollin Hills and Holmes Run Acres neighborhoods of Northern Virginia, both on the National Register of Historic Places. Spend the day touring mid-century modern examples beginning with Wright’s miniature jewel, the Usonian-style Pope-Leighey House. Enjoy a contrasting tour of the adjacent historic 1805 Woodlawn House, followed by a discussion with Peter Christensen, specialty tour coordinator at the Pope-Leighey House, on Wright’s connections to the mid-century modern style.
After lunch, tour Hollin Hills and Holmes Run Acres and meet community members who discuss how the areas came to be listed on the National Register, and address some of the pressing issues facing owners of residences in historic neighborhoods. The group visits at least one house in Hollin Hills, and takes part in a brief walking tour in Holmes Run Acres.
A boxed lunch is included.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour