February 9, 2015 Mid-Century Modern

Book Tells Story of Wright’s Pope-Leighy House

The Pope-Leighey House is owned by the The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House,  architect Steven M. Reiss has published the book Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, which tells the fascinating story of the Usonian house. The house, originally built for journalist Loren Pope  and his family, was completed in 1940 in Falls Church. Second owner, Marjorie Leighey, helped save the house when it was threatened by the construction of I-66. She donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which moved the house to Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria in 1964. It was later moved again, although only 30 feet, because of soil issues. The house was the first of only three Wright homes built in Virginia. Here’s a short recent review from The Washington Post to learn more about one of our local architectural treasures.