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“If you enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright, you must see the Pope Leighey House.”

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Ranked #12 of 92 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!
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had an amazing tour guide and described not only the house but the philosophy and development of Wrights architectural vision. Our guide was able to explain features specific to this house as well as innovations found in other FLW homes.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This attraction offers 2 separate houses to view, one Colonial, a former manse of a plantation, which housed relatives of Geo. Washington. This is the lesser of the exhibits. While authentic, the historical value is negligible and property not well restored. The other exhibit, the Pope-Leighey House, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is definitely worth the trip. It was designed by Wright for a mid-level government employee on a tight budget and gives Wright the opportunity to show he can deliver a lot for little compensation. Wonderful example of a structure that’s original and designed to actually be lived in. Both houses have guided tours. Tickets sold separately.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Most travellers do not know about Martha Custis, Mary Washinton's daughter. This property was given to her. The mansion is lovely - tour complete and not crowded. And there's a hidden bonus if you like architecture - a small but perfect Frank lloyd Wright (father of modern architecture). It's a gem.

1  Thank FormerChicagoGal
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are visiting the Washington DC area and Mount Vernon is on your list of things to see, hop over to the other side of Richmond Highway and catch the Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House. Woodlawn's history is directly tied to Mount Vernon. The Pope-Leighey house was fascinating. Definitely worth a stop!

1  Thank clwslark
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

took my step son here and he loved it. Very neat to see a FLW house so close to the DC area. I'm always amazed at the indoor outdoor feel and timeless design. A must see for budding architects in the family.

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