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Pope-Leighey House to Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday, June 8th

As the celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday winds down (he would have marked his sesquicentennial on June 8th, 2017), the Pope-Leighey House will throw a fundraising party. Officially, the event will be hosted by Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House, which share a property in Alexandria, Va.; Wright completed his Usonian Pope-Leighey House in 1940. The Pope-Leighey House was commissioned by Charlotte and Loren Pope in 1939. As Lauren Walser reported in Preservation Magazine, Pope wrote directly to Wright, imploring him to build a house: “Dear Mr. Wright, There are certain things a man wants during life, and, of life. Material things and things of the spirit. The writer has one f

Hollin Hills Welcomes 2018 Tour

Well more than 1,000 mid-century modern fans hiked or drove through Hollin Hills on April 28 as part of the 2018 edition of the Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour. The self-guided tour, held every two years, showcased examples of the mid-century modern architecture of Charles M. Goodman, FAIA. The Hollin Hills Historic District is a residential neighborhood set within a 326-acre wooded landscape of Fairfax County, Virginia. Hollin Hills was developed as one of the first post-World War II planned communities in the Washington, D.C. area, and one consisting entirely of modern architecture using natural topography and landscaping as an intrinsic part of the design. The neighborhood was named t

Hyattsville Residents Defend Local Modern Architecture

A group of citizens in Hyattsville, Maryland, have organized in opposition to the demolition of a local mid-century modern gem. The group calls itself Save Our Sustainable Hyattsville (SOS Hyattsville)* and has launched a campaign opposing the Magruder Pointe development. The proposed development calls for the demolition of the former Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Headquarters to make room for 83 single-family homes and townhouses. SOS Hyattsville objects to the proposed development for a range of reasons, including its environmental impact, its limited value to the city, and its failure to capitalize on the potential for preservation to create a distinct, historically root

National Association of Broadcasters Building Threatened

The former headquarters of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) designed by architecture firm Mills, Petticord & Mills may undergo major exterior renovations. The NAB sold its 1968 building to Stream Realty Partners, which is considering replacing the existing envelop with a glass facade. © Robert Lautman Photography, National Building Museum Docomomo DC featured the NAB building on it 2017 tour: Though not an example of brutalism, the NAB building is a contemporary of the period and illustrates the International Style. It addresses the diagonal axis of Connecticut Avenue with an arching façade that sets it back from the intersection. Its seven-story massing is broken up by a band

Winners of the 2018 Modernism in America Awards

Docomomo US has announced the 13 winners of its 2018 Modernism in America Awards. Now in its fifth year, the program honors exemplary work in the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of modern architecture. For the first time in the awards program’s history, a film—Starship Chicago: A Film by Nathan Eddy—earned recognition, alongside more traditional building refurbishments that yielded a total of seven recipients of design awards of excellence, five citations of merit, and a special award of restoration excellence. Starship Chicago is a 16-minute short film that examines Helmut Jahn’s 1985 James R. Thompson Center in Chicago through interviews with Jahn and other architects and cri

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