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000-9411 Lee Gardens North Historic District

Lee Gardens North Historic District
Photo credit: EHT Traceries, 2003

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VLR Listing Date 12/03/2003

NRHP Listing Date 02/26/2004

NRHP Reference Number 04000109

Lee Gardens North Historic District, at 2300-2341 North 11th Street in Arlington County, is significant for its association with the mid-20th-century rental-housing boom spurred by the establishment of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Although construction of the complex began in 1941 with Lee Gardens South, the second phase—Lee Gardens North—was completed in 1949–1950 with FHA-insured financing to serve postwar housing needs. The 30 masonry structures, consisting of seven buildings with varying plans set around landscaped courtyards, present stylistic elements and forms closely associated with the Colonial Revival style favored by the FHA. The district illustrates the design skills of architect Mihran Mesrobian, who also drew from the Art Deco and Moderne styles to vary the ornamental detailing of the buildings. Furthermore, he used the higher 1934 FHA construction, design, and property standards that had been eased in 1941 when the need for low-cost housing for wartime workers became essential.  The district was listed under the Garden Apartments, Apartment House, and Apartment Complexes in Arlington County MPD.

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

Updated: April 13, 2021