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LOST: December 2013 Snapshots

LOST: December 2013 Snapshots

In December 2013, a total of 11 demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. Nine of them were for single-family homes, and one was for a commercial building (see images below). The looming 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. Many had the potential for renovation and additions, or, at a bare minimum, reclamation/reuse of building materials. Furthermore, these buildings…

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SAVED: The Crossman House

SAVED: The Crossman House

We are pleased to publish this guest post from Leslie Aun, who purchased and restored the historic Crossman House in 2012. Her story illustrates how dedicated homeowners can resurrect a valuable but needy property with passion and perseverance. (Be sure to scroll down for a photo gallery of the house, with before and after shots of the renovation. All photos courtesy of the author.) The year was 1892 and President Grover Cleveland had been elected to a second term, Sherlock…

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Historic Housing for Sale: Colonial Village

Historic Housing for Sale: Colonial Village

It is a prime time to move to Colonial Village! Now largely a condo community, the historic garden apartment development at Colonial Village was the first Federal Housing Administration-insured large-scale rental housing project in the United States. Begun in 1935, it served as a model for FHA projects as well as for exemplary site planning, landscaping, construction type, and design. Colonial Village, in its entirety, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as on the…

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LOST: November 2013 Snapshots

LOST: November 2013 Snapshots

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;…

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LOST: October 2013 Snapshots

LOST: October 2013 Snapshots

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…

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Rare Lustron Home for Sale: 2915 7th Street South

Rare Lustron Home for Sale: 2915 7th Street South

A rare and historic Lustron home in Arlington is for sale (click here for the listing), and Preservation Arlington is concerned that it is vulnerable to demolition, which would erase another part of Arlington’s architectural history. In the buoyant years after the end of World War II, an enterprising man named Carl Strandlund envisioned a new kind of home for modern families: the Lustron. These prefabricated, all-steel houses were considered marvels of modern efficiency and style, and advertisements called them…

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Preserved & Developed: Stratford Junior High
(aka H.B. Woodlawn)

Preserved & Developed: Stratford Junior High
(aka H.B. Woodlawn)

Preserved & Developed is a biweekly series of articles by Preservation Arlington highlighting local development projects that have involved both development of a site and preservation of historic resources. The projects highlight a wide range of challenges and solutions over many years. At the time they were completed the projects represented a commitment by the developer and the community to embrace the future and preserve the past. Preservation Arlington is awarding each project a gold, silver, or bronze star based…

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Preserved & Developed: Saving a Fab Four in Cherrydale

Preserved & Developed: Saving a Fab Four in Cherrydale

Preserved & Developed is a weekly series of articles by Preservation Arlington highlighting local development projects that have involved both development of a site and preservation of historic resources. The projects highlight a wide range of challenges and solutions over many years. At the time they were completed the projects represented a commitment by the developer and the community to embrace the future and preserve the past. Preservation Arlington is awarding each project a gold, silver, or bronze star based…

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Fraber House On the Market

Fraber House On the Market

As has long been planned, the century-old Fraber House, located at 1612 North Quincy Street in Cherrydale, has been put on the market by Arlington County. The County has owned the house — a classic bungalow — for more than a decade and designated it as a Local Historic District earlier this year. This provides the strongest possible protection against demolition by any future owner. To sell the property, the County has engaged the services of John Plank Real Estate…

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Preserved & Developed: The John Saegmuller House

Preserved & Developed: The John Saegmuller House

Preserved & Developed is a weekly series of articles by Preservation Arlington highlighting local development projects that have involved both development of a site and preservation of historic resources. The projects highlight a wide range of challenges and solutions over many years. At the time they were completed the projects represented a commitment by the developer and the community to embrace the future and preserve the past. Preservation Arlington is awarding each project a gold, silver, or bronze star based…

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