Hollin Hills, the award-winning mid-century modern neighborhood in Alexandria, Va., will host a House & Garden Tour May 1, 2010. The self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture and landscape.
Created by visionary developer Robert Davenport and architect Charles Goodman in the late 1940s, with construction continuing until the early 1970s, Hollin Hills was and still is a grand departure from the usual suburban development. Its radically modern homes, sited into the contours of the land rather than onto the street, take advantage of the borrowed vistas, parks, streams, and the forest canopy that has grown up in the intervening years.
In connection with the tour, on April 28th the National Building Museum (NBM), at 2401 F Street, NW, in Washington, DC, will host a program entitled “Modernist Suburbia” where Architect John Burns, FAIA, and landscape architect Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, discuss Hollin Hills’ history, growth, and influence. National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos will moderate the program. Ticket information will be available at http://www.nbm.org/.
Informational lectures on Hollin Hills architecture, landscape, and design will be held at 11 a.m. prior to the tour at Hollin Meadows Elementary School at 2310 Nordok Place.
For more information about Hollin Hills and its tour, and to purchase tickets or become a supporter, go to hollinhills.org.