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000-0044 Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House

Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House
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VLR Listing Date 04/28/1995

NRHP Listing Date 07/28/1995

NPS property number 95000927

Though devoid of architectural embellishment, this plain structure 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 twentieth 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 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 it original function, now part of the consolidated Arlington County system.


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

Updated April 4, 2018