In November 2013 a total of 23 demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. Twenty-one of them were for single family homes, and one was for a commercial building. Five of the houses and the commercial building are part of a major site redevelopment. 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. 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.