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Currie House

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1961, Leonard Currie. 1105 Highland Cir.

Designed by its owner-resident, Virginia Tech architecture professor Currie, this house is perhaps the best representative of postWorld War II modernism in Southwest Virginia. Currie was strongly influenced in his years at Harvard as a student of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. The one-and-a-half-story square house achieves a simple clarity in its pyramidal-roofed form, which features such iconographic modern features as a masonry service core surrounded by an open plan and defined on all sides by glass window walls. The roof extends to shelter a deck that surrounds the square. Set on the hillside of the mid-twentieth-century Blacksburg suburb of Highland Park, the house has a sweeping view of the Roanoke Valley. In 1982 the AIA awarded a Test of Time award to the house.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Currie House", [Blacksburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 433-433.

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