NASA Langley Research Center Historic District

Established in 1917, during World War I, originally as the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory and the nation’s first civilian aeronautics laboratory, the NASA Langley Research Center in the city of […]

Leander McCormick Observatory

McCormick Observatory is named for Leander McCormick of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, who donated a 26-inch refracting telescope to the University of Virginia after Washington College (now Washington and […]

Green Pastures

Green Pastures is a 236-acre hunt-country estate containing a Colonial Revival–style main house, stable, barns, cottages, and agricultural outbuildings. Designed by New York architect Penrose V. Stout for industrialist Robert […]


An adaptation of the Queen Anne style, this pagoda-like building is the state’s earliest known municipal aviary and is an example of the civic amenities resulting from turn-of-the-20th-century private philanthropy. […]

Variable Density Tunnel

Called the VDT, the Variable Density Tunnel is considered the most significant of NASA Langley Research Center‘s ground-based historic properties. Spurred by the European supremacy in aircraft design, a 1915 […]


In the shadow of Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village,” Morea is the only surviving dwelling built by one of the University of Virginia’s original faculty members. Erected in 1835, the singular […]

Hobson’s Choice

Erected in 1794, the sectioned, one-story plantation dwelling of Hobson’s Choice is a provincial interpretation of the five-part Palladian scheme popularized by designs illustrated in Robert Morris’s Select Architecture of […]