For immediate release: April 8, 2013
Media contact: James De Lorbe, Chairman
All American House
Special Exhibition at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
MADE: In America, today announces a special exhibition of student designed story boards and related furniture vignettes created in conjunction with the All American House at Historic Woodlawn located in Alexandria, Virginia. The special exhibition will open on Monday, April 8 and continue through Friday, May 10, 2013. It is free and open to the public.
The All American House reinterprets Historic Woodlawn, which was commissioned by President George Washington for his granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis Lewis. Mrs. Lewis was born at Abingdon Plantation the location of present day Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Holding the exhibition at National therefore has special historical significance. The Abingdon site has been preserved adjacent to the airport and today provides a respite where visitors to the airport can step back in time to our Nation’s colonial past. An interpretive program about Abingdon is located just off the main foyer of the Historic Terminal A Lobby. The exhibition will raise public awareness of a little known, but important aspect of the present day airport.
A first-of-its-kind show house, The All American House is being designed by the next generation of interior designers, and will showcase the best in American design and products. It will debut to the public on Saturday, April 20, 2013. It is the first in a planned series created to showcase American interior design against the backdrop of the Nation’s most important historic house properties. Noted designers Alexa Hampton and Barbara Hawthorn, chair the All American House Honorary Steering Committee and the National Advisory Council, respectively.
The goal of the project is to provide young designers with a major platform to articulate their vision of a new American interior design aesthetic and to make historic homes vibrant cultural centers for exploring the history and future of design in America. “The All American House certainly offers young designers a historic setting within which to demonstrate an inspired design, but it also reflects the work of National Trust Historic Sites to re-imagine, innovate, and open up the doors and windows to the possibilities of inspiring creativity, raising consciousness and fostering community,” said Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, senior vice president of historic sites at the National Trust.
Students from The George Washington University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, were selected to participate in a juried design competition to create the inaugural show house. Members of the illustrious Congressional Club are serving on the jury panel along with officials from the National Trust and the American Society of Interior Designers. Students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design will be doing a virtual make over of the adjacent Frank Lloyd Wright designed Pope-Leighy House.
The All American House will feature the products of MADE: In America award winning furniture companies including: Bielecky Brothers; Century; Duralee; Edward Ferrell / Lewis Mittman; Hickory Chair; Keith Fritz, Kindel, Kittinger; Niermann-Weeks; and Paul Montgomery Studios.
Throughout the event, the National Trust, participating schools and award winning manufacturers, will conduct a wide range of exciting on-site activities. The calendar of events will be listed on the Historic Woodlawn web-site: http://www.woodlawnpopeleighy.org/events.
For more information about the All American House visit the MADE: In America web-site: http://www.madeinamerica-usa.org.
Abingdon also known as the Alexander-Custis Plantation [ was an 18th and 19th century plantation that the prominent Alexander, Custis, Stuart, and Hunter families owned. Abingdon is known as the birthplace of Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis Lewis (March 31, 1779 – July 15, 1852), a granddaughter of Martha Washington and a step-granddaughter of United States President George Washington
About Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey
Woodlawn, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a historic home located in Fairfax County, Virginia. Commissioned by President George Washington and designed by Architect of the Capitol William Thornton, the house is located on land that was originally a part of Mount Vernon. Pope-Leighey a Frank Lloyd-Wright-designed home commissioned in 1939, is located at Woodlawn.
About Made: In America
MADE: In America’s mission is to create and foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information to revitalize and sustain the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy. A non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, MADE: In America serves businesses throughout the United States.