Pope-Leighey House

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I first fell in love with Frank Lloyd Wright when reading Loving Frank.  After reading Loving Frank, I decided to check out the works of Frank Lloyd Wright at which time I fell completely in love.  So when I had an opportunity to visit an original Frank Lloyd Wright house, I went.  The Pope-Leighey House is a Frank Lloyd Wright house located in Alexandria, Virginia.
This house, while not on the original location, was built in 1940 for the Pope family.   The family lived in this house for 6 years.  The Pope family sold the house to the Leighey family in 1946.  Due to the construction of Interstate 66, the house was going to be condemned and torn down.  However, the house was donated to the National Trust of Historic Preservation (yay!).  The trust had the house moved to Woodlawn and it opened to public in 1965.  Due to unstable soil condition, the house was moved a last time just 30 feet away from its previous location.  The house opened again in 1996 to the public. 
The Pope-Leighey House is 1,200 square feet.  The cantilever roof you see in the above-photo extends far enough to park a vehicle under. 
 Dining room.

 This design can be seen throughout the entire house...it is beautiful!  They even had jewelry in an exhibit case that had been designed with this pattern.

 While the lamp is not original to the Pope-Leighey House, it is an original Frank Lloyd Wright lamp.

 These glass doors, located in the dining room, open to the outside of the home.  Frank Lloyd Wright believe that individuals should be outside enjoying nature instead of spending a majority of their time indoors.

 Beautiful bedroom window!

View from the entryway.

This house was so cool & I am very grateful to have been able to visit!  Have you visited a Frank Lloyd Wright house?  If so, which one? 

Happy Travels,

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