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8712 OLD SPRING ROAD

  • 8712 Old Spring Road Richmond, VA, 23235 United States (map)
  Photo by Kent Eanes

Photo by Kent Eanes

Frederick "Bud" Hyland was a Richmond-based architect who, after serving an apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, designed about 30 modern and contemporary-style houses from the 1950s to the 1970s. Hyland’s first project was a house for his wife and himself in 1949.

Bud Hyland’s own house introduced a new aesthetic to Richmond architecture. The house he designed for himself links trapezoidal masses around a terrace above a spring-fed plunge pool. Shed roofs shelter the house, while corrugated metal panels cover the carport.

Like many Hyland-designed buildings, the palette of exterior materials on his house is limited to brick, vertical wood siding, and casement windows deployed with minimal ornament. These materials are carried inside, particularly in the living spaces, to reinforce ties to the landscape. Vertical openings between the living room and office connect spaces without eliminating their clear definition. The high ceilings of the study, living room, and dining room conform to the roof pitch; natural light is channeled through bands of clerestory windows. In contrast, the bedroom wing’s low ceilings enclose protected spaces.  -Profile article, Inform 2001 magazine by by Mary Harding Sadler of Sadler and Whitehead Architects

Bud Hyland and his wife lived in the house all of their lives. Later, the architect, Jay Lehandro, added a master bath and reconfigured the kitchen in 2001. He also refinished, by hand, all the wood in the interior. The third owner, alsoan architect, lived in the house briefly before the current owners purchased it in 2011.

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm, speakers at 6:15pm with a short Q&A following. Guests are invited to tour the house before and after the speakers.

Location: 8712 Old Spring Rd., Richmond, VA, 23235

Speaker: Edwin Slipek, senior contributing editor and architecture critic at Style Weekly  & adjunct professor of architectural history at VCU and Barrett Brown, owner

Register Online: Click HERE to register. Modern Richmond events are free, but a suggested cash donation of $5/person is appreciated. **We are not limiting tickets for this event, but in case of inclement weather, we may have to limit the number of guests inside the house at any given time.

Parking: Please park on the street and be respectful of the neighborhood. 

Earlier Event: April 28
Film: Modern Tide
Later Event: June 22
Hourigan Construction