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Photo, Print, Drawing Hollin Hills, Unit House No. 2B42LB, 2224 Glasgow Road, Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, VA

[ Drawings from Survey HABS VA-586-B  ]

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About this Item

Title

  • Hollin Hills, Unit House No. 2B42LB, 2224 Glasgow Road, Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, VA

Names

  • Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
  • Goodman, Charles M.
  • Kiley, Dan
  • Davenport, Robert C.
  • Voigt, Lou B.
  • Arzola, Robert R., project manager
  • Pastrana Sola, Jureily, delineator
  • Schara, Mark, field team
  • Lockett, Dana, field team
  • Lavoie, Catherine C., historian
  • Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP), sponsor
  • Hispanic Access Foundation, sponsor
  • Marshall, Kirstin, field team
  • Roman Diaz, Noel F., field team
  • Ortiz, Jarob J, photographer
  • McPartland, Mary, transmitter
  • McPartland, Mary, transmitter

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 1933

Headings

  • -  housing
  • -  Modern architectural elements
  • -  housing developments
  • -  standard-plan buildings
  • -  prefabricated houses
  • -  modular wall systems
  • -  slabs (structural elements)
  • -  fixed windows
  • -  casement windows
  • -  eaves
  • -  site plans
  • -  open plan buildings
  • -  natural landscapes
  • -  hillside architecture
  • -  family rooms
  • -  patios
  • -  butterfly roof
  • -  campus - picturesque
  • -  custom builders
  • -  brick chimneys
  • -  paneling
  • -  ventilation
  • -  domestic life
  • -  Virginia--Fairfax County--Hollin Hills

Latitude / Longitude

  • 38.760567,-77.068819

Notes

  • -  Significance: Built in 1953, Hollin Hills Unit House No. 2B42LB represents the most popular of the prototypical designs created by architect Charles Goodman (1906-92) for this progressive mid-century modern subdivision. Goodman developed Hollin Hills largely between 1946 and 1956 using standardized plans and prefabricated modular unit construction. Houses such as Unit House No. 2B42LB are characterized by geometric forms, exposed structural systems, floor-to-ceiling glass window walls, overhanging eaves, and low-slung rooflines. On the interior, open-space plans provide a sense of spaciousness within an otherwise limited footprint. Situated in a lush, rolling, and wooded terrain, Goodman worked in concert with nationally known landscape architect Dan Kiley in an effort to blend his house designs with the natural environment. Although only eight basic "unit types" were developed, by changing the orientation to fit the natural topography, and utilizing optional rooms and design features, it is rare that any two houses look exactly alike. In addition to its window walls, Unit House No. 2B42LB connects the interior rooms with the out-of- doors by banking the house into the hillside so that both the main and lower level floors are at grade. The upper story provides the principal entry with windows look out into the woods while the fully glazed walls of the lower level family room open on to a patio. Goodman's plans for Hollin Hills began with two unit types, Unit No. 1 and Unit No. 2, followed by a number of variations on Unit No. 2, including Unit No. 2B42LB (later followed by Units Nos. 3 through 8 and their variations). Unit No. 1 is a split level house designed for a sloping terrain, while Unit No. 2 is a rectangular, single-story, slab-on-grade design. Unit House No. 2B42LB was the largest of these variations and is differentiated from the standard Unit No. 2 house by its enlarged kitchen and bedrooms, and two-story configuration. This particular house is further distinguished by its "butterfly" or flattened V-shaped roof that creates a clerestory that allows for additional light. In this case, the butterfly roof was the result of a later addition, although adopted from Goodman's 1952 variation on the original design for Unit No. 2B42LB. The house was expanded twice, once reconfiguring the original dining room as part of an enlarged, reoriented entry, and then by adding a separate, more spacious dining room. Charles Goodman was among the most successful practitioners of the Modern Movement in architecture in suburban Washington, DC, with Hollin Hills being his most recognized design project. As such, Hollin Hills was designated as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places, in 2013. The residential subdivision currently encompasses 326 acres of picturesque landscape to include irregularly shaped lots and meandering streets that follow the natural contours of the land, with buffers for privacy created by communal parks and woodlands. The houses were built by developer/builder Robert C. Davenport, and landscape architect Lou Bernard Voigt directed the overall site plan. As the most popular of the house types built in Hollin Hills, over two hundred Unit No. 2B42LB houses were constructed between 1949 and 1971.
  • -  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2319
  • -  Survey number: HABS VA-586-B
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1953 Initial Construction
  • -  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 13000807

Medium

  • Photo(s): 10
  • Measured Drawing(s): 7
  • Photo Caption Page(s): 1

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HABS VA-586-B

Source Collection

  • Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Repository

Control Number

  • va2296

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Charles M Goodman, Dan Kiley, Robert C Davenport, Lou B Voigt, Robert R Arzola, Jureily Pastrana Sola, et al., Ortiz, Jarob J, photographer. Hollin Hills, Unit House No. 2B42LB,Glasgow Road, Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, VA. Hollin Hills Virginia Fairfax County, 1933. translateds by Mcpartland, Marymitter, and Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/va2296/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Goodman, C. M., Kiley, D., Davenport, R. C., Voigt, L. B., Arzola, R. R. [...] Roman Diaz, N. F., Ortiz, J. J., photographer. (1933) Hollin Hills, Unit House No. 2B42LB,Glasgow Road, Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, VA. Hollin Hills Virginia Fairfax County, 1933. McPartland, M. & McPartland, M., transs Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/va2296/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Ortiz, Jarob J. Hollin Hills, Unit House No. 2B42LB,Glasgow Road, Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, VA. trans by Mcpartland, Marymitter, and Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/va2296/>.