Virginia Heights Historic District

Arlington (County)

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Constructed during the decade following World War II, the Virginia Heights Historic District displays a variety of innovative house designs during the post-World War II years. Although actually consisting of four separate subdivisions, each planned by different developers, the interconnecting curvilinear streets and cul-de-sacs create a cohesive plan evocative of garden city planning ideals promoted by the Federal Housing Administration. The Arlington County district was developed as a planned neighborhood of affordable, comfortable houses in a suburban environment, and it includes Colonial Revival designs, ranch houses, and five prefabricated house types: three Lustron houses, a Harmon, and a Gunnison house, all of which demonstrate post-war trends and experimentation to deal with material shortages, while taking advantage of new technologies.

Last Updated: March 24, 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

Photo credit: EHT Traceries, 2007

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