Bride & Groom MOM Subscribe

Find Local

Hollin Hills House & Garden Tour This Saturday

Take a peek inside some of the neighborhood’s midcentury-modern gems.

Photograph courtesy of CMC Photography.

Saturday, rain or shine, 12 of the midcentury-modern gems dotting the Alexandria enclave known as Hollin Hills will open their doors to the public as part of the neighborhood’s annual House & Garden Tour.

As if you needed another excuse to don your best Betty Draper shift and shake up a fresh batch of Manhattans.

More than half a century ago, a collaboration by midcentury-modern master architect Charles Goodman and real-estate developer Robert Davenport led to a 225-acre, 450-home planned community that would eventually become one of the best examples of postwar contemporary architecture. Walking through the neighborhood today is like stepping back in time; many of the homes, constructed to be harmonious with the rolling hills in which they are positioned, have been painstakingly restored and outfitted in period-accurate furniture.

If you’re an architecture buff, a Saarinen devotee, or, like us, just obsessed with all things midcentury-mod, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to live the 1950s life for a few hours. Presale tickets for the self-guided walking tour have long since been snatched up, but you can still purchase tickets on Saturday for $25—as long as they last—at the main registration site (see the website for more information). Early birds will be treated to a brief orientation by architect Thomas Kerns, who’s also a Hollin Hills resident.

If you can’t wait until Saturday, the interior design department of the Corcoran College of Art and Design is hosting a lecture, “A Community Vision: Hollin Hills, Modern Then and Now,” at the Corcoran Gallery Friday evening at 6 at the Corcoran Gallery. See the website for details.

  • Is there another way that I can still get there? I am on vacation and this would really be a great way to see other designs. I am a fan of Thomas Kerns and I myself is a realtor so this a great chance for me. O please say yes that there this is still open.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular on Washingtonian

This Dramatic New Apartment Building Just Opened in "The Next Cool DC Neighborhood You Never Heard Of"

Look Inside Washington's First Hawaiian Restaurant: Hula Girl

15 Casual (But Still Really Cool) Gifts for Your New Boyfriend

The Great Washington Bucket List: 50 Things Every Local Needs to Do

10 Cozy Places to Drink By the Fire This Winter

The First Thanksgiving Took Place in Virginia, not Massachusetts

Quit Kidding Yourself, DC: An English Basement Is Just a Basement

The Best Day to Travel for Thanksgiving Is Thanksgiving Day Itself: Google

Best Places to Ski Near DC, VA, & MD