Holmes Run Acres
Holmes Run Acres Historic District
|Nearest city||Falls Church, Virginia|
|Area||140 acres (57 ha)|
|Built||1952 - 1958|
|Architect||Donald Lethbridge, Nicholas Satterlee, et al.|
|Architectural style||Mid-Century modern / Modern Movement|
|NRHP reference #||07000230|
|Added to NRHP||March 22, 2007|
|Designated VLR||December 6, 2006|
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."
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.
Holmes Run Acres was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in December 2006, and on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2007. Holmes Run Acres is the first Mid-Century modern community in Virginia to be designated as a landmark/historic place.
- Holmes Run Acres (HRA) application for National Register of Historic Places (pdf)
- Holmes Run Acres booklet on remodeling a HRA home (pdf)
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Holmes Run Acres Community Connection". Retrieved 2008-09-22.
- Virginia House Resolution No. 6, HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 6, "Commending the Holmes Run Acres Civic Association", May 4, 2001
- Straight, Susan (2007-07-28). "Modern Pride in Historic Holmes Run Acres". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-22.