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“Definitely Worth a Visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Ranked #13 of 78 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: Two houses on the property: 1. Woodlawn is a house that was built on George Washington's property for his step-granddaughter Nelly and her husband Lawrence. Starting off as 2,000 acre plantation built in 1800, the house went through a number of interesting owners before becoming the first site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 2. Frank Lloyd Wright is practically a household name these days, but this small Usonian house was a unique design of his. Originally built in 1940 in Falls Church, VA; this house is a true example of preservation-in-action!
Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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“Definitely Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

I enjoyed visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Pope-Leighey House. The house was built originally in Falls Church, VA, and moved to this location when I-66 was built. It had to be moved again 30 feet to the east (or west) due to the layout of the land causing problems. This house was a Usonian design, built for a middle class family. The exterior and interior were built with cypress, a sturdy wood that withstands the elements. The floors were cement with heating coils under it. There were 2 bedrooms, a very small kitchen, a small office, and a LR/DR. In keeping with FLW the house is simple and the house design itself is all the decorating needed. I could not imagine living in it today but it would make a great vacation home in the mountains or on the beach.

The docent was very knowledgeable and friendly.

This would not be an easy site to visit if you needed a wheelchair for mobility.

Visited May 2013
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent examples of American architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

These homes are on what was a large plantation off Route 1 in Alexandria. The 1804 Woodlawn House is a magnificent example of a plantation home and we had an informative tour by a docent. There are some originial furniture and some period pieces. The Pope-Leighey House was built in 1940 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was moved to this location because of road construction around Washington and fits in well here. It was an Osonian house--designed on a smaller scale for middle class families--it cost only $7000 (which was alot of money in 1940--Loren Pope was making only $50 a week). There is a guided tour of this interesting place which is small, but has typlical Wright touches.

The properies come under the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Entrance fee for both houses is $25 per person. However, membership in the National Trust allows for a 50% discount.

Visited May 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Very interesting and worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a great place to visit as a local or out of towner. It is a great way to look back at bygone eras in US history.

Visited June 2012
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Canton, Ohio
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“Not a typical Wright house and not a typical mansion either!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

While not the original location for this FLW house, it does work with the land as he would have wanted. The docent here was well informed and interesting (I am finding this to be the case with all FLW houses). This is one of the houses he designed for the ordinary working man. One recently sold for over 2 million! The Woodlawn Plantation was a novelty as it was decorated by students incorporating modern decor with the some of the original furnishings. The result was a home anyone would enjoy living in! This exhibit is only for a few months and the mansion will then once again be turned into the mansion it was. A delightful surprise to what I thought would be just another tour of an old house.

Visited April 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Contrast in Housing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a difference in what design can make, the big stately, classical colonial of Nelly Custis, and the Frank Loyd Wright bungalow, with it's Pullman car inspired hallways. Be sure to add to your trip to Mount Vernon. The gardens are lovely in spring time and summer. A great place to just enjoy the day.

Visited July 2012
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