April 2, 2014 Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour, Hollin Hills Virginia

Buy Tickets Now: Hollin Hills H&G Tour; May 3

Hollin Hills

Get your tickets now. The biennial Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour will be held May 3 from noon to 6:00 pm (rain or shine). The self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture and landscape. Ten Charles Goodman-designed properties (including the one pictured above) and three gardens will be open. Advance tickets are available for purchase for $25 ($30 on the day of the tour). You can buy your tickets here.

With 2014 marking  the 65th anniversary of the historic mid-century modern neighborhood, the tour will offer a unique opportunity to visit the homes of some of Hollin Hills’ original owners. The tour will kick off on Saturday morning with a lecture highlighting modern architecture, Charles Goodman’s early works, as well as his other communities in the D.C. area. The lecture starts at 11:00 a.m., is free to all ticket holders and will be held at Hollin Meadows Elementary School.

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 few consisting entirely of modern architecture using natural topography and landscaping as an intrinsic part of the design. The neighborhood was named to the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 30, 2013. The foundation of Hollin Hill’s success was the collaborative interpretation of the traditional large-scale merchant building practices by developer/builder Robert C. Davenport and Goodman.


The subdivision plan has irregularly shaped lots that embrace the natural topography, winding streets and cul-de-sacs, and communal parks and woodlands that provide shade, privacy and outdoor space. The development was intentionally designed to be a part of the landscape, marrying the modern houses with the existing topographical patterns. A product of the Modern Movement, the buildings were created from standardized plans with prefabricated modular elements and window walls that unite the interior with the outdoors. One of the most identifiable facets of the houses is the contiguous series of floor-to-ceiling, 3-foot-wide window modules, which are free of traditional ornamentation.

As a proud sponsor of the tour, I hope to see many of you on May 3.