Holmes Run Acres

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Holmes Run Acres Historic District
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Holmes Run Acres is located in Northern Virginia
Holmes Run Acres
Holmes Run Acres is located in Virginia
Holmes Run Acres
Holmes Run Acres is located in the United States
Holmes Run Acres
Nearest cityFalls Church, Virginia
Coordinates38°51′00″N 77°12′30″W / 38.85000°N 77.20833°W / 38.85000; -77.20833Coordinates: 38°51′00″N 77°12′30″W / 38.85000°N 77.20833°W / 38.85000; -77.20833
Area140 acres (57 ha)
Built1952 - 1958
ArchitectDonald Lethbridge, Nicholas Satterlee, et al.
Architectural styleMid-Century modern / Modern Movement
NRHP reference #07000230[1]
VLR #029-5183
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 22, 2007
Designated VLRDecember 6, 2006[2]

Holmes Run Acres is a community of 355 houses in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Much of it is preserved within Holmes Run Acres Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community was developed by brothers Gerald and Eli Luria. They offered the public "a unique opportunity to own a contemporary style home modeled after the California Ranch style popularized on the west coast."[3]


Homes in Holmes Run Acres were constructed by three builders between 1951 and 1958:

  • Luria Brothers Development - approximately 260 homes during 1951-52. Architects: Nicholas Satterlee and Donald Letherbridge
  • Gaddy Construction Company - 71 homes during 1954-55. Architects: Nicholas Satterlee and Donald Letherbridge
  • Andre Bodor - 13 units during 1957-58

The Luria brothers built their homes west of Executive Avenue, Gaddy built homes east of Executive Avenue, and Bodor built homes at the connection of Surrey Lane and Gallows Road. The community also includes Woodburn Elementary School, a recreation center, and a park. The 4.2-acre (17,000 m2) park, named Luria Park, was donated to Fairfax County by the Luria Brothers and is maintained jointly by the county and the Holmes Run Acres residents.


The Holmes Run Acres Civic Association built the first community swimming pool in Fairfax County and, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority, turned a dump site into the first neighborhood park in the county.[4]

Historic designation[edit]

Holmes Run Acres was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in December 2006, and on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2007.[1][5] Holmes Run Acres is the first Mid-Century modern community in Virginia to be designated as a landmark/historic place.

The district listed is a 140-acre (57 ha) that included, in 2007, 291 contributing buildings, three contributing sites, and one other contributing structure.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  3. ^ "Holmes Run Acres Community Connection". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  4. ^ Virginia House Resolution No. 6, HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 6, "Commending the Holmes Run Acres Civic Association", May 4, 2001
  5. ^ Straight, Susan (2007-07-28). "Modern Pride in Historic Holmes Run Acres". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-22.

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