Pope-Leighey House

Pope-Leighey House

The Pope-Leighey House, formerly known as the Loren Pope Residence, is a suburban house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The home was originally built in Falls Church, VA in 1940 for the Loren Pope family at a cost of $7,000. In 1946, the Pope family sold the home to Mrs. Leighey because they were going to become hog farmers. In 1964, Mrs. Leighy received notice that the home was to be torn down to make room for Interstate 66. She donated the home to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and they moved the home to its current site at 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA, on the site of the Woodlawn Plantation. Mrs. Leighey resided in the home until her death in 1983. It is currently a tourist attraction that allows visitors to explore the exterior and interior.

The Usonian house was planned and built between 1938-1939. The home was constructed of Tidewater red cypress, brick, and glass, with a flat-roof that was created as a prototype of well-designed space for middle-income people. The interior featured many types of versatile furniture that was designed by Wright. Wright designed the home, along with his other works, to bring nature into the home.

External links

* [http://www.popeleighey1940.org/ Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House National Trust for Historic Preservation website]
* [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?pp/hh:@field(DOCID+@lit(VA0437)) Call Number: HABS VA,30-FALCH,2-] "American Memory" from the Library of Congress

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