This charming, cartoon-like map isn't of some fancy "transit-oriented development" slated to crop up along the Toll Road, but our own beloved earth-toned community back in 1982, when it was part of a model home blitz sponsored in part by Bloomingdales, that department store your grandmother might have liked, except that the unmentionables got "too racy" at times.
Let's go back to the era of A Flock of Seagulls and E.T., when some marketing genius at Bloomies apparently bolted up in bed in the middle of the night shouting, "Pastels and earth tones! Together! We'll make millions!" Then, after he was sedated and institutionalized, they decided to do it anyway.
Here's how it was described at the time in a "news-letter," which were kind of like the "web logs" of the time, minus the hypercaffienated commenters.
Bloomingdale's Opens Six New Locations In RestonThe model homes involved, if you can squint really hard and read the numbers on the map were: 1) Bennington Square, 2) Collaborative Phase One, 3) Waterford Square, 4) Koury/Tipton, 5) Deck House and 6) Audobon Terrace. The "news-letter" called one house "posh living for those on a tighter budget." And what did these spectacular model homes look like? Glad you asked:
All the excitement, color and innovation discovered in a Bloomingdale store can now be found at six model home locations in Reston.
Harnessing the success of Blooniingdale's current Americana theme, and the excitement of their "Spring In Living Color" campaign, participating Reston builders are combining their design and construction savvy with Bloomingdale's interior design skills.
Special events, designer workshops, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, and state-of-the-art design seminars produced by Bloomingdale's resource experts are part of the colorful Reston pageant.
Rattan sofas and glass furniture -- the two great tastes that taste great together! Not coincidentally, we think we now know where all the invasive bamboo in Reston came from. Trying to maneuver those chairs under the table must have been an entertaining project for a dinner party of four, and the fun must have only continued when the primitive halogen lamp in the background suddenly burst into flames.
But wait! There's more!
This was a fancy "art deco" bathroom in Waterford Square, which fulfilled the signature 1980s fantasy of taking a bath in a forest... a shiny metallic forest.
If Hugh Hefner and Ansel Adams had a love child, this would have been its bathroom.