March 12, 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright

Japanese/Wright-Style House in Alexandria – $835K

Pope House

Journalist Loren Pope wanted a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. So he wrote the master a letter, which began: “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 fervent wish that includes both. It is a house created by you.” Wright agreed and he designed what is today the historic Pope-Leighey House. The house was built for Pope and his first wife Charlotte in 1941 for $7,000.

While you can’t buy the Pope-Leighey house, but you can purchase this house just listed for $835,000 in Alexandria that was built by Pope and his third wife Viola. Built in 1986, the house Japanese-inspired Wrightian house made of simple woods and glass. The 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house, tucked in among the more traditional colonials not far from Old Town, has original built in storage and seating and shogi screens throughout. It has a lap pool in the backyard and nice Japanese-style landscaping. It is open this Sunday (March 16) from 2 to 4 p.m. or see the virtual tour here.

While Wright denied the influence of Japanese architecture on his own work, many scholars have argued that Japanese architecture and art helped shape Wright’s own form of simple, organic architecture.