Columbia Forest Historic District

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The Columbia Forest Historic District in Arlington County is a residential neighborhood significant as one of only 26 housing projects constructed in the United States by the Defense Homes Corporation between 1940 and 1945, and one of only three built in the Washington, D.C., area. Designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1941 and 1942, the hilly, wooded Columbia Forest neighborhood contains concrete-block and brick detached single-family dwellings. These modest houses were leased to young military officers and ranking officials with families during World War II, and then sold as private residences after the war.

Last Updated: November 30, 2023

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

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