Hollin Hills House Photo Credit: CMC Photography

Mid-century modern fans don’t have to head to Palm Springs to appreciate stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture and landscape. Visitors are invited to tour the largest enclave of mid-century modern homes in the Washington, D.C. region during the 2018 Hollin Hills House & Garden Tour in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, April 28, 2018.The neighborhood even has a connection to AMC’s “Mad Men,” as the show’s production designer, Dan Bishop, grew up in Hollin Hills and says the neighborhood inspired his design sensibilities. Visitors coming for the home tour can make a weekend of it by staying in Old Town Alexandriaand also visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, a “usonian” style home in Alexandria that represents Wright’s dream of creating affordable housing for the middle class. End the weekend by shopping in Old Town Alexandria at one-of-a-kind mid-century modern boutiques. Find exquisite vintage cocktail ware and bar ware by designers like Dorothy Thorpe at The Hour then head to Acme Mid-Century + Modern for vintage and modern furniture, sculptures and art. 

Located minutes from Washington, D.C. and tucked away in a quiet neighborhood just south of Old Town Alexandria is the largest enclave of mid-century modern homes in the region—the Hollin Hills neighborhood. Hollin Hills is a modernist enclave comprised of more than 450 glass-enclosed minor masterpieces built from the late 1940s to the early 1970s by developer Robert Davenport and renowned architect Charles Goodman. It was the first community in the Washington, D.C. metro area to be made up entirely of contemporary homes. Every other year visitors are invited inside the homes for an up close look during theHollin Hills House + Garden Tour. This year’s self-guided tour showcases 10 stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture and landscape Saturday, April 28 from noon until 6 p.m. Recognized many times in the past for its architectural and design vision, Hollin Hills was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, and is a Virginia Landmark Historic District. 

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House 
Visitors can also tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, just minutes from Alexandria’s Hollin Hills neighborhood. This “usonian” style house was designed by Wright in the 1940s and was one of the first types of affordable housing for the middle class. Tours are available beginning in April Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.). Tickets are $15 for adults; $7.50 for students; $12 for seniors and active military with ID; and are free for children 5 and under. At just 1,200 square feet, visitors will be wowed by how Wright’s combination of high ceilings, large expanses of glass, and an open floor plan creates the illusion of a much larger home.  
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Shop one-of-a-kind mid-century modern boutiques 
While visiting, check out Alexandria’s mid-century offerings at one-of-a-kind boutiques located on King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America located in Old Town Alexandria, the city’s nationally designated historic district. 

The Hour vintage cocktail ware boutique    
Step into The Hour and head back to the Mad Men era with an exquisite vintage cocktail ware and bar ware-filled boutique on historic King Street. Victoria Vergason took her passions for entertaining at home and collecting designer vintage glassware and barware and created The Hour in 2009. With two glittering floors “dedicated to all things cocktail,” The Hour seeks to reinvent today’s cocktail hour by bringing back mid-century style for home entertaining but with a decidedly modern-day twist. They specialize in one-of-a-kind, vintage chic barware, glassware and trays from notable designers including Dorothy Thorpe, Georges Briard, Fred Press, Culver and Couroc.  

Acme Mid-Century + Modern 
Acme Mid-Century + Modern owned by Pierre Paret is a purveyor of vintage and modern furniture, artifacts, accessories, sculpture, and art. Acme provides a broad selection of periods and styles, though its specialties include Danish and Scandinavian Modern, designs by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and pieces in Brazilian rosewood. They are also an authorized dealer for Modernica’s fiberglass seating and Case Study Ceramics® lines.