University Libraries recently acquired the Hollin Hills Archives. This neighborhood was developed as one of the first post-WWII planned communities in the Washington, D.C. region and one of the few consisting entirely of modern architecture with landscaping as an intrinsic part of the design. This historic neighborhood was once part of The Hollin Hall Plantation, originally owned by George Mason IV, the namesake of the university. Now, George Mason University Libraries is entrusted with materials that have been collected over the last sixty years documenting the history of Hollin Hills. Hollin Hills, as a community of innovative architecture and design working with nature, has returned to the idea of Mason. The Hollin Hills Archives contains materials on the development of Hollin Hills, preserved through articles, newsletters, brochures, photographs, fliers, advertisements, blueprints, plats and other printed and audiovisual materials.
“The Hollin Hills Archives demonstrate the vitality of this planned community and its dedication to sustainability and livability, documenting architectural and civic design modes of the time to its progression to today,” states University Librarian John Zenelis. “The new collection represents yet another example of the broader and additional planned community materials available through University Libraries with regional and national significance for scholars and researchers across the United States and internationally.”