Decorative Pieces

Whittlesey & Conklin

1965  |  Wood


Whittlesey & Conklin treated the storefronts at Washington Plaza as a form of public art. Enlarged versions of wares sold by the stores or representing the businesses were applied to the exterior, a mid-twentieth century interpretation of an old signage tradition: toothbrush, pills, eating utensils, straws, pole by former barber shop etc. The New York-based graphic design firm, Chermayeff & Geismar, was responsible for the graphics.

Pieces depicted in photos were removed from their original location in July 2018 and will be displayed at another location at Lake Anne Village Center in the near future.

Owned by Reston Historic Trust and Museum (as of July 2018)

Photos by Charlotte Geary

Decorative Pieces