In October 2013 a total of 27 demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. Twenty-two of them were for single family homes, three were for a set of two story brick garden apartments buildings, and two were for commercial warehouses. We show all of these doomed properties below.
The demolition of these houses and buildings represents an incredible loss of history, architecture, time, energy, and materials. Some of these houses are in National Register neighborhoods; other buildings are increasingly rare examples of low-rise commercial architecture and garden apartments. All had the potential for renovation and additions. Preservation Arlington urges citizens to adopt Local Historic District designations for their communities, with standards for design, height, and placement that could be customized to reflect community needs while still allowing reinvestment to occur.