Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House A new book on Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House tells the compelling story of one of Wright's most important (and smallest) homes.
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06/04/2017

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT DAY

Date:
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Frank Llloyd Wright Portrait by Vlad

Celebrate architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday!

Lightning Talks
Auditorium
30 minutes

10:30–11 am
Taliesin Diary – Sarah Leavitt
National Building Museum curator, Sarah Leavitt, shares highlights from Taliesin Diary: A Year with Frank Lloyd Wright. The book, edited by Leavitt, features a journal written in 1942-43, the only known first-hand diary to come out of the Taliesin Fellowship. Written by Priscilla Henken, the account offers delightful, poignant, and often funny descriptions of the trials and joys of day-to-day life with Frank Lloyd Wright.

11:30 am–Noon
Prairie Skyscraper – Chrysanthe Broikos
Learn about the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only built skyscraper. Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos discusses Wright’s long-held vision to build a cantilevered tower and how the modern high-rise, its ornament, and furnishings, took shape.

1:30–2 pm
Usonians – The Small Houses of Frank Lloyd Wright -- Steven M. Reiss
Learn how Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses were innovative for their time. Architect and author Steven M. Reiss uses the Pope-Leighey House in Virginia to explore how Wright sought to provide small but architecturally significant homes, carefully sited, and constructed of readily available local materials. Following the talk, Reiss signs copies of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House (UVA Press, 2015).

2:30–3 pm
Frank Lloyd Wright Designs With Nature – William Keene
Learn how dendriform columns, open corners, and massive, room-anchoring fireplaces were just some of the architectural moves that Frank Lloyd Wright utilized to blur the line between inside and outside. Urban historian William Keene explores these, and other, engineering techniques that helped Wright place architecture in nature, and nature in architecture.

National Building Museum
06/04/2017
National Building Museum

National Building Museum

. The book, edited by Leavitt, features a journal written in 1942-43, the only known first-hand diary to come out of the Taliesin Fellowship. Written by Priscilla Henken, the account offers delightful, poignant, and often funny descriptions of the trials and joys of day-to-day life with Frank Lloyd…

10/03/2016

I'll be giving a talk, Wednesday, October 5, at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, MD.. on "The Small Houses of Frank Lloyd Wright." Come join us!

Steven Reiss
Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Steven Reiss - Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House Admission: FREE
Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

Architect Steven M. Reiss will discuss a group of Wright's small, but critically important houses with a special focus on the Pope-Leighey House, where Reiss worked for almost ten years as a docent for the current owner of the house, The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

http://www.sotterley.org/

This Place Matters
05/05/2015
This Place Matters

This Place Matters

Every single person in the country has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. We want to see and celebrate the places that matter to you.It’s simple…

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
04/14/2015

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

We had a busy opening weekend here at Woodlawn and at Pope-Leighey House in particular!
This weekend was the first of 3 dedicated to our first Conservation & Preservation of the 2015 season - cleaning, treating, and preserving the exterior cypress wood of the Pope-Leighey House. Students from the University of Mary Washington, employees from Oak Grove Restoration Company and our Preservation Manager have been hard at work at bringing back the natural beauty of the Pope-Leighey House's exterior!

David Wright House
04/12/2015

David Wright House

{Perfect snapshot of Father and Son from 1958 in Chicago} Remembering architect Frank Lloyd Wright who passed away on this day in 1959. #tbt #throwbackThursday #FLLW #davidsamuelwright #davidwrighthouse #wright (📸 courtesy of the David Wright Family collection)

Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House
04/10/2015
Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Thank you to everyone who participated with us in #MuseumWeek 2015 – there were over 2800 museums around the world taking part in this global social media movement! Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, are located on the same gr…

Living the Frank Lloyd Wright way
04/02/2015
Living the Frank Lloyd Wright way

Living the Frank Lloyd Wright way

Can the task of owning and preserving an architectural marvel – a Frank Lloyd Wright house, for example – be too much of a burden to bear?

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
03/28/2015

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

Couldn't make the lecture last night? Mr. Reiss' book is available in our museum shop. We have a limited number of signed copies available. Stop in today!

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
02/26/2015

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

Due to the inclement weather and for your safety, we have rescheduled tonight's Frank Lloyd Wright lecture by Steven Reiss, AIA. The new date is Thursday, March 26th. All tickets for tonight's event will be honored on the new date. If you have questions, please call (804) 237-1763. Stay safe and warm!

Frank Lloyd Wright in Virginia LectureThursday, Feb. 26, 20157-9 p.m.Over his seventy year career, Frank Lloyd Wright de...
02/09/2015
Virginia Center for Architecture - Where Architecture Lives

Frank Lloyd Wright in Virginia Lecture
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
7-9 p.m.

Over his seventy year career, Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than one thousand buildings. Four of these were in Virginia. Architect Steven M. Reiss, AIA will give a presentation on three of these Virginia houses plus a little known exhibition pavilion also found in the Commonwealth.

Tickets: $7/$5 for members.
Spaces are limited and will sell out. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Register online Virginia Center for Architecture http://architectureva.org

As part of the Reprogramming the City exhibition, Andrew Moore, Jim Smither, and Stewart Schwartz participate in a panel discussion, led by Jim Bacon, focusing on the hard infrastructure of Richmond, and how we can better utilize it to help facilitate economic growth.

01/28/2015

To all Frank Lloyd Wright followers......I'll be giving a presentation at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT IN VIRGINIA: THREE HOUSES AND A PAVILION.

I'll talk about the three Wright houses in the Commonwealth plus a little known pavilion he designed in Jamestown in 1907!! And of course signed copies of my Pope-Leighey book will be available. More info. soon....save the date.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH MY NEW FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BOOK!"Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House"My friends at Modern Richm...
11/23/2014
Modern Richmond

HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH MY NEW FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BOOK!

"Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House"

My friends at Modern Richmond have invited me to a book signing as part of their holiday party on Tuesday, December 9, at Pasture restaurant, 416 E Grace St. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

It's a wonderful space with great food. Watch the Modern Richmond Tour site for more information: https://www.facebook.com/ModernRichmondTour

Our Mission is to promote, educate, and celebrate modernism in Richmond. Our Vision is that Richmond becomes recognized as a center of modernism.

11/23/2014

Many thanks to ARCHITECT magazine for their thoughtful review of my book!

Book Review: Steven Reiss Chronicles the Multiple Uprootings of a Frank Lloyd Wright Home.

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House” details the history of the Northern Virginia home’s commission, building process, and re-sites.

By
Chelsea Blahut

Credit: ARCHITECT Staff

Architect and author Steven Reiss, AIA, documented the unique and quirky past of one small, carefully crafted home moved not once but twice in “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House” (University of Virginia Press, 2014). Only one of three Virginia commissions Wright carried out, Reiss describes the home’s history with details, original drawings, pictures, and letters exchanged regarding both the original construction and the re-siting. Commissioned in 1939 and built by 1941 in Falls Church, Va., for journalist Loren Pope and his wife Charlotte Pope, and later purchased by Robert and Marjorie Leighey, the house is a perfect example of how a small home can still have architectural significance. The Northern Virginia home is built in the Usonian fashion, a style of middle-income single-story houses echoing Wright’s vision of the American landscape. However, it faced destruction in 1963 when the second homeowners were notified it would be condemned to make room for the construction of Interstate 66. The home was then moved and donated by Marjorie to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1964, along with the entire $31,500 condemnation award she received. The new location was in Alexandria, Va., on the Woodlawn Plantation. The second relocation came in 1995 when the National Trust realized the house had been set on unstable marine clay, but only moved it 30 feet—a better site for its original orientation that spotlights a garden terrace. Despite the home’s bumpy history, it is an important example of a sustainable and environmentally responsible design, which resonates throughout Reiss’s book.

Modern Richmond
11/23/2014
Modern Richmond

Modern Richmond

Our Mission is to promote, educate, and celebrate modernism in Richmond. Our Vision is that Richmond becomes recognized as a center of modernism.

Modern Richmond
11/04/2014

Modern Richmond

This Thursday, November 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, #RVA Chop Suey Books is hosting a book lecture and signing by architect Steven M. Reiss for his new book, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House's cover photo
08/22/2014

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House's cover photo

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