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Hollin Hills Historic District Status Approved!
|The Virginia Department of Historic Resources today approved Hollin Hills as a Virginia landmark historic district. The Department’s State Review Board also voted unanimously to forward the nomination to the National Park Service for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are many Hollin Hillers who have helped bring this watershed event about. They include the yeoman work performed by the Hollin Hills National Register Nomination Committee, co-chaired by Jere Gibber and Pam Koger-Jesup, and comprised of committee members John A. Burns, Judy England-Joseph, Robert Fina, Tom Kerns, Bob Kinzer, and Scott Wilson. Thanks also those who recently updated the photographic record to document physical changes made to properties subsequent to the original submissions. They are Chris McNamara, John Burns, Ken Williams and Ron McCallum.
There is also a group of volunteers whose names I don’t have but who worked diligently on the nomination process when it first began. Once their names are made available, their unsung status will be rectified. In the meantime, a hearty thanks to all of you!
Finally, special thanks to CAHH past President Jay Pascoe and Laura Trieschman of the consulting firm of EHT Traceries for their work last year in finalizing the needed documentation to support the nomination.
Congratulations to the Hollin Hills community and to the members of the civic association whose financial and other support for this and other activities make Hollin Hills the very special place it is.
Civic Association of Hollin Hills
Hard to beat the great designs for Mid-Century.
An aqua Eames rocker is “the” perfect rocker for any home!
In my future dream home, I will own an aqua Eames rocker with a sheepskin throw. I’ve wanted it for years and I’m sticking to my guns no matter how trendy or un-trendy it becomes. Charles & Ray Eames knew how to make something beautifully simple, ergonomic and miraculously comfortable out of molded plastic. To show their versatility, I’ve picked Eames in 3 different homes with 3 different loose categories of style. I hope it gets your inspirational wheels turning! Happy weekend!
Modern:via The Design Files
Hollin Hills is a unique neighborhood of mid-century modern homes, but it isn’t only the buildings that are unique, it is also the amazing amount of literature and advertising documents available from when the homes were originally being sold that makes it stand out.
Today the advertising can often be found online to view, but some of the Hollin Hills homes also had landscaping plans drafted by Dan Kiley or Voight that are on file at Harvard University under the original owner’s name. This creates an opportunity to go on a treasure hunt of sorts to find the landscaping designs for specific Hollin Hills homes.
As Hollin Hills prepares to be designated as an historic neighborhood this summer (fingers crossed) the original information is even more exciting and helpful for understanding what it was designed to be by Charles Goodman and what it has become. My Hollin Hills home actually had a plan to add a slide off of the deck beside the second floor front door. I must confess I had never even considered that!
Perhaps your neighborhood has something special about it too. You may be able to find old documents, floor plans or maps of that show how it was at the start of development or even earlier than that. Here in the Alexandria area, many homes have been built on land that was part of George Washington’s original five farms of Mt. Vernon and they are fortunate enough to have documentation to prove it.
If you have anything so special for your home, consider framing it for your wall as a fun conversation piece. If you are selling your home, certainly include it in the information potential buyers see, it helps clarify what is special about your home from all of the others. With the large amount of moving that happens regularly in the D.C. area, an emotional connection to a property is a big deal. Feeling like you are buying a piece of history is a great way to accomplish that.