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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

029-5183 Holmes Run Acres Historic District

Holmes Run Acres Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/06/2006

NRHP Listing Date 03/22/2007

NPS property number 07000230

The Holmes Run Acres Historic District, a suburban housing development constructed in Fairfax County between 1951 and 1958, was dramatically different from most other housing developments of the 1950s in Northern Virginia. The modern-style dwellings and the design of the neighborhood in Holmes Run Acres marked a departure from the more prevalent colonial-style postwar subdivisions. The developers, brothers Gerald and Eli Luria, created a subdivision with affordable houses that took advantage of the natural terrain by blending into the surroundings. The Lurias hired architects Nicholas Satterlee and Donald Lethbridge to design small, inexpensive, houses consisting of standardized features and modules that made the buildings adaptable to fit the needs of the architects and the homeowners, as well as the landscape and building codes. Influenced by the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian dwellings, the architects designed the houses in a modern style, featuring open plans, plywood panels, fixed glass, and sliding windows. The dwellings, staggered along heavily wooded lots to give maximum privacy, embody a new modernism during a time when the Ranch and Colonial Revival styles were much more popular in most suburban communities nearby.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated August 29, 2018