The Pope-Leighey House, Alexandria, Virginia

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What is the Pope Leighey House? Well, its architect is Frank Lloyd Wright, a man who has designed many structures across the United States of America to include Kentucky Knob and the world famous ‘Fallingwater’ a house built over a waterfall in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The Pope-Leighey was originally built in Falls Church, Virginia, but it was relocated to the property of the Woodlawn Plantation to save it from being demolished. The home is named for the owners of the house. The original owner was Loren Pope, a journalist, but he later sold the home to Robert and Marjorie Leighey. Robert passed away leaving Marjorie alone. The home was relocated to the Woodlawn property after she donated the home to the National Trust. She continued to live in the house until her death in 1983. Today, you can take a tour of the Pope-Leighey House and see the…

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