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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

029-5199 Tauxemont Historic District

For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/07/2005

NRHP Listing Date 02/09/2006

NPS property number 06000033

One of the first suburban developments in Fairfax County, Tauxemont Historic District was initially built by a cooperative formed by young government employees who had been drawn to the Washington, D.C. area for jobs in various New Deal agencies during the four-term presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cooperative member Robert Davenport developed Tauxemont, creating a site plan of residential streets that followed the natural, curving topography of the hills with minimum disruption to the existing trees and undergrowth, which distinguished the subdivision from most other contemporary residential developments. Tauxemont featured basic and affordable one-story, cinderblock houses with large windows, screened by natural vegetation to provide privacy, and a network of paths that led to a community pre-school and center, a playing field, and tennis courts. All three sections of the district were completed by the late 1940s.


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

Updated April 4, 2018