Mid-Century Modern neighborhood is open for display. —Lynn Norusis
In September 2013, the neighborhood of Hollin Hills in Alexandria got its due when it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. One of the first post-World War II communities in the D.C.-Metro area, it is a product of the Modern Movement—designed and built by Charles M. Goodman and Robert C. Davenport, respectively—incorporating the natural topography and landscaping into the design of the homes.
The community consisting of 420 homes was built in the 1950s and ‘60s from standardized plans with prefabricated modular elements, and it is open to the public during the House and Garden Tour May 3.
The self-guided tour showcases 10 of the neighborhood’s mid-century modern homes decked out in all their floor-to-ceiling windowed glory with accompanying mid-century furnishings and the homes’ environmental accompaniment of the surrounding landscape.
Supplementing the tour, there will be a lecture at Hollin Meadows Elementary School focusing on modern architecture, Charles Goodman’s early works, as well as his other communities in the Metropolitan area. / hollin-hills.org
Tour: May 3 from noon-6 p.m.; $25 ($30 day of tour)
Afternoon Lecture: 11 a.m.-noon, Hollin Meadows Elementary School