D/2 at Work on Wright House Wood

In 1939 journalist Loren Pope and his wife Charlotte Pope commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new home. The design followed Wright's Usonian principles and was completed in 1941. The Pope-Leighey House "Usonian" house was developed by Wright as a means of providing affordable housing for people of moderate means. Many innovative concepts, including spacious interiors, corner windows, and a cantilevered roof, began here and were quickly adapted across America. Wright employed wood cladding as an affordable and easily workable material into his design. After almost a century, the wood cladding needed some help. That's where D/2 came to the rescue. D/2 is often used to control biological growth on wood subject to moisture and was used here to remove bio growth without harming the sensative historic fabric of this Wright gem.

The Pope-Leighey House is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1965, the house was relocated to the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation (another Trust site), removing it from the path of a highway project. Located just outside Washington, D.C., the Pope-Leighey House and Woodlawn Plantation share a 126 acre estate that was originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

For more on the Pope-Leighey House, visit https://savingplaces.org/

Images courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.