Imagine driving your ginormous two-ton "sports coupe" into the New Towne of Reston sometime in the 1960s, eager to learn
That's right. Do NOT drive your car through Washington Plaza. Leave it in the parking lot instead. Already we can see how RESTRICTIVE the HOA lifestyle can be. But there's no turning back, as we venture on foot to gawk in stupor at...
Never knew those were originally intended to be private homes. It's actually pretty funny to think that the kids sculpture was supposed to distract people from gawking at families watching "I Love Lucy" on their massive 14" black-and-white TVs on their way out of the Safeway.
Now we're confronted by the architectural gems of Washington Plaza. We've often called the plaza's adornments examples of the brutalist style, but here Cold War-aware marketers cognizant of its Soviet Bloc implications opt to describe it as "contemporary Gothic."
Yes, we've often thought of the Heron House as Reston's Eiffel Tower, but considering that the only other structures that tall in the Virginia countryside at the time were grain silos, it must have baffled the locals nearly as much as the integrated, diverse community being built around them.
Wait a minute. It's a BOAT, but it's not in the water that's 10 feet away? And it's made out of concrete, so it doesn't even float? MIND. IS. BLOWN.
So that's what all the water the Sun Boat isn't floating in is called! Wonder how many descendants of those original 30,000 bass and bluegill still ply its waters.
At this point, we've been so bowled over by the wonders of this bejeweled community that we're going to need to take a breather. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this exciting walking tour in next week's Reston Flashback. In the meantime, please don't feed the geese or the residents.