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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

000-7808 Arlington Forest Historic District

Arlington Forest Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/08/2004

NRHP Listing Date 12/02/2005

NPS property number 05001344

The subdivision comprising the Arlington Forest Historic District reveals the innovative trends for suburban planning and house designs of the World War II era advocated by the Federal Housing Administration. Begun in 1939, completed in 1946, Arlington Forest incorporated curvilinear streets and cul-de-sacs, ample lots, community parklands, and a neighborhood shopping center. Homeowners were enjoined to restrictive covenants. The community was developed by Meadowbrook, Inc., a leading mid-20th-century builder in the Washington, D.C., area, under the direction of Monroe Warren. Meadowbrook collaborated with locally prominent architect Robert O. Scholz to design orderly rows of modest-sized, two-story, brick homes with minimal Colonial Revival detailing differentiated by alternating roof shapes, placement of main entrances and porches, the mixed use of brick and weatherboard, and dissimilar fenestration. In 1948, the last section of the subdivision, Broyhill’s Addition, was completed by another well-known regional builder, M.T. Broyhill & Sons, that teamed with local architect J. Raymond Mims, to create homes compatible to those of Meadowbrook in materials, form, and architectural style.


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

Updated April 4, 2018