April 18, 2010 Mid-Century Modern

Post Highlights Hollin Hills; Home and Garden Tour May 1

Two weeks before the 2010 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour, the Post ran a featured piece in Saturday’s paper about the award-winning, mid-century modern community south of Alexandria. I like how Nancy McKeon ends the article, which features one of the homes on the tour:

“A lot of those things have changed as homeowners have upgraded their properties. And certainly the prices have changed. … What hasn’t changed are the trees, the relative privacy of the houses and the fact that, from above, one doesn’t see a Levittown-style lineup of little houses but a winding, climbing treescape that happens to shelter an entire living, breathing, modernism-obsessed community.”

If you want to see the Charles Goodman-designed community up close and personal,  remember to get your tickets for the biennial tour, which is sponsoring Modern Capital this month. Modern Capital is also happy to be one of the tour’s sponsors. Selected homes and gardens will be open for a self-guided tour from noon to 6 p.m. on May 1, rain or shine. Informational lectures on the architecture, landscape and design of the groundbreaking mid-century modern community will be held at 11 a.m. prior to the tour at Hollin Meadows Elementary School at 2310 Nordok Place.

On April 28, just a few days before the tour, the National Building Museum will host “A Modernist Suburb,” a discussion on the history, growth, and influence of Hollin Hills. Architect John Burns, FAIA, and landscape architect Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, will be on the speakers.  (Tip: Members of the NBM and the Civic Association of Hollin Hills can purchase discount tickets for the home tour at the event.)

I hope to see Modern Capital readers at both events.