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The architect loves life here
Stafford home is a handsome replica of a Colonial Georgian home.

 Gothic flourishes accent the Palladian window on the upper-level balcony of the Holles' Hartwood home.
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Date published: 11/9/2012

BY RICHARD AMRHINE

Once you have a look at 135 Walden Lane, in the Hartwood area of Stafford County, you may not be surprised that the architect who designed it also owns it and lives there. You might be a little surprised to learn that it was built in 1992, and doesn't trace its roots to the Colonial era.

The house is inside the gated subdivision known as Walden 10, and it instantly turns one's thoughts to Colonial Georgian architecture. Its classic appearance is enhanced with Palladian-style windows with Gothic flourishes in the arches, and other windows topped with keystone pediments.

And this is a real brick house, not just one with a brick veneer. The front is done in Flemish bond, and typical of true Colonial homes the Flemish bond is limited to the front--the side of the house most people see.

These features, combined with the hip roof, columned portico, brick water table (the bull nose bump-out at the foundation line) and front entry with transom and sidelights pay homage to the stately Virginia homes of the mid- to late 18th century.

Designed by renowned and prolific Washington-area architect Henry Holle and built with his wife, Gail, serving as the general contractor, the house is actually going on 20 years old, not well beyond 200 years old. That is the beauty of such a formal, historic-looking home built for a modern family to enjoy and share.

"We chose the lot because it let us take advantage of the wonderful southern light," said Gail Holle. "The lot lent itself to this house."

Henry Holle said the house has features that both he and Gail wanted, based on their experience with architecture and design during his 35-year career.

"With this house we brought it all together," he said.

The Holles are ready to let go of the dream home they built for themselves, and have listed it with agents Peter and Matt Romani of Long & Foster Realtors of Fredericksburg. The asking price is $895,000.

Altogether, the house has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half-baths. It has about 5,750 square feet of living space.

THE WALK-THROUGH


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