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Tycon Towers

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1986, Johnson/Burgee. 8000 Towers Crescent Dr. (I-495, exit 11, off Chain Bridge Rd. [VA 123], Tysons Corner
  • Tycon Towers (Bill Sublette)

Designed by New York superstar Philip Johnson, this strange, overgrown neo-Palladian “spec” office tower building can't be missed from I-495, and it may well be the most egregious example in the region of the excesses of postmodernism. From a distance the tower's frankly false columns and pediment look silly, though a closer view reveals a few redeeming qualities in the raised moldings at the entrance and the usual splashy lobby.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Tycon Towers", [Vienna, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 56-57.

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