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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

000-0013 Colonial Village

Colonial Village
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/16/1980

NRHP Listing Date 12/09/1980

NPS property number 80004170

Wilson Boulevard, Lee Highway, and North Veitch Street. Built in four phases between 1935 and 1940, the sprawling Colonial Village complex exemplifies the early application of innovative garden-city planning to low-density superblock development for low- and middle-income renters. The complex is also an early illustration of the clustering of apartment units around spacious landscaped courtyards, the separation of pedestrian and automotive routes, the use of an interior greenbelt, and staggered setbacks for increased ventilation and light. The nation’s first large-scale Federal Housing Administration project of insured rental housing, Colonial Village was a model for subsequent FHA-backed projects. Developed by Gustave Ring, Colonial Village since has served as a prototype for many of America’s town-house developments. The first three phases were designed by Harvey Warwick of Washington, D.C. Frances Koenig designed the fourth phase.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018