The sesquicentennial celebrations will include a picnic and architectural tours
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is known for creating over 1,000 structures, 532 of which have been completed, ranging from churches to libraries to museums. In preparation for his 150th birthday, one of his single-family houses, located in Alexandria, Virginia, plans on hosting a number of celebratory events during the month of June, the month Wright was born.
Preservation Magazine reported that the Pope-Leighey House, the only Wright site open to visitors in the D.C. area, will host in-depth architectural tours. On June 8, the day of Wright’s birth, there will also be a picnic at the site because “Frank Lloyd Wright was obsessed with picnics,” according to on-site director Amanda Phillips.
The structure was first constructed in Falls Church, Virginia in 1940. The 1,200-square-foot home is glassy with an open floor plan, geometric window design, and locally sourced materials.
The two-bedroom, one-bathroom house was later relocated to Alexandria, Virginia in July 1964 and relocated once more 30 feet upslope in 1996. In 1965, it was dedicated as a National Trust Historic Site.
The Pope-Leighey House is open from April through December with hours that range from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday through Monday. Tours run at the top of every hour. Tickets cost $7.50 for students from Kindergarten to 12th grade, $12 for seniors and active military, and $15 for adults.
• Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House [Official Website]
• Pope-Leighey House Prepares for Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday [Preservation Magazine]
• Frank Lloyd Wright: America’s Architect [Business Week]