Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House

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Though devoid of architectural embellishment, the plain Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House has been a community amenity since its completion in 1921 for the newly developed commuter suburb of Cherrydale. Cherrydale was one of several such suburbs, including Ballston and Barcroft, that sprang up in Arlington County in the early decades of the 20th century. The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1898 but had no specific fire house until the present one, Arlington County’s first permanent fire house, was built. The building was paid for by the purchase of individual bricks. President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson each purchased a brick during a fund-raising drive. The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House also offered space for a movie theater, specialty shop, and community center. The structure, a prototype of other area fire houses, continues to serve its original function, now part of the consolidated Arlington County system.

Last Updated: November 17, 2023

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

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