Wait List Available for Destination DC

Due to an enthusiastic response, the Conservancy has added an additional bus for Destination DC. Places are limited so register now to ensure you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.

The Conservancy is coming to the nation's capital on June 29 to celebrate and explore Wright's work in the metropolitan DC Area. Participants will tour three Wright-designed houses, starting with the Robert Llewellyn Wright House (1953) in Bethesda, Maryland. Thomas Wright, grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright and the current owner of the house, will personally conduct the tour and answer questions. Participants will then travel to McLean, Virginia, to tour the Luis Marden House (1952). Light refreshments will be served on the terrace with views overlooking the majestic Potomac. The day will conclude at Woodlawn with a tour of the Pope-Leighey House (1939) in Alexandria, Virginia.

Like the progression from the First Jacobs House to the Second Jacobs House, the buildings of Destination DC move from the L-shaped plan of Pope-Leighey to the hemicycles of the Marden and Robert Llewelyn Wright Houses. Based on a two-by-four-foot rectangular unit, the Pope-Leighey House was originally built in Falls Church, Virginia, but was relocated to Woodlawn Plantation when the extension of Interstate 66 threatened the property. Today, the house is operated and maintained by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built a little over a decade after construction was finished on Pope-Leighey, the Robert Llewellyn Wright and Marden Houses share more in common than just shape. Originally, Wright wanted the site of the Marden House to be used for his son, but when an agreement could not be arranged he created two separate designs for their different sites. Although both houses are composed of concrete block and wood, the more compact Robert LlewellynWright House was executed across two floors, with the private spaces on the second story, while the longer Marden House is sited on a steep hillside.

Destination DC participants can take advantage of the Conservancy’s group rate ($139/night plus tax) at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Opened in 1930, the eight-story building combines Renaissance architecture with Art Deco style and has hosted an inaugural ball for every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama. To make your reservation call 1.877.758.8363, and mention the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy room block. The group rate will extend two days before and after Destination DC so come early or stay late to enjoy the many other attractions that the capital has to offer. Please note: reservations made at the Omni Shoreham must be cancelled with 72 hours’ notice to receive a full refund.

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