If you love architecture, "Mad Men," and all-things modern, you'll want to head to the Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. to see stellar examples of design at the biennial event.
Hollin Hills homes get noticed. The homes on the tour "are a good representation of the variety of styles that Charles Goodman designed mid-century, the first being built in 1949 and the last Goodman home being built in 1972," said Pat McCallum, who is handling publicity for the tour. One of them (not on the tour, unfortunately) recently won The Washington Post's “Mad Men” look décor contest.
On Saturday, tour-goers will see examples of original designs with no architectural change and also homes that have additions, McCallum noted. Architect Tom Kerns, who will give a pre-tour lecture, has worked on many of the additions.
"We invite you all to come and enjoy our neighborhood which includes 31 acres of parkland and homes that have been carefully sited so as to blend in with their environment," McCallum said.
Although no longer available online, you can purchase tickets on-site from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the event at the Hollin Hills Pool at the front of the community, at Fort Hunt and Paul Spring roads, on a first-come, first-served basis. (The tour is popular, attracting about 2,000 tour-goers in previous years). Tickets are $25 and only cash or checks will be accepted. Tickets are $10 for students with school identification.
Tickets will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hollin Meadows Elementary, 2310 Nordok Place, where Kerns will give a lecture at 11:30 a.m., before the tour begins at noon, on the history and architecture of the community. The student garden at Hollin Meadows Elementary School will be open for public viewing. "It is an innovative project for teaching science and hands-on experience and gratification," McCallum said.
Commemorative items will be on sale Saturday: Hollin Hills T-shirts ($15); posters designed for the tour ($20) and copies of "A Community of Vision," a 50th-anniversary hardcover book ($45). Bring checks or cash, no credit cards will be accepted.
The event will be held rain or shine, organizers said. Tour-goers may want to bring umbrellas and jackets. The National Weather Service predicts a 50 percent chance of rain, with accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch. Temperatures on Saturday are expected to get no higher than 58 degrees.
Check out this Patch story about one of the homes on the tour.