Loren B. Pope (Pope-Leighey) Residence (1939)

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Falls Church, Virginia
HW #29

When the house was under threat by the extension of Interstate 66, the Leigheys offered the house to the National Trust, who relocated the house to Woodlawn Plantation in 1964. However, the house was improperly oriented and put together, which led to a second relocation further uphill. The building was still not properly oriented, but still runs tours. Our tour was run by a local architect, who walked us through the interior and exterior. The house is an L-shaped Usonian but vegetation extends at a 90degree angle to either legs of the L, visually creating a rectangle. The details of the house was incredible, such as the board and batten inching over the door frames. (a) The sunk batten paneling creates an even horizontality that is reflected in the exterior.  The shelves sit right at the sunken ridges of the panels. (b) The window patterns were very interesting, and Dave suggested that it resembles the Japanese sprite when turned vertical. (c)

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