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287-0010 Quantico Marine Corps Base Historic District

Quantico Marine Corps Base Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/16/1999

NRHP Listing Date 03/26/2001

NPS property number 01000260

Quantico Marine Corps Base includes 239 buildings, sites, and objects that contribute to the architectural and historical significance of this important military facility. Buildings associated with aviation, education, industrial activities, and housing, including African American marine barracks and Lustron houses, represent the overall development of the base from 1918-1949. The core of the base features finely designed Colonial Revival buildings organized in a campus, a reflection of the Virginia architectural regionalism, and emphasizes the educational mission of the base. Thirty 1940s, prefabricated, metal Lustron houses comprise the largest concentration of this building type known to exist in the country. Also of note are the base airfields that served as the primary Marine Corps aviation facility where Marines flew Corsairs, Helldivers, Mitchell Bombers, and Hellcats, among other famous Marine/Navy fighters. In the 1920s, true to the tough Marine creed, Brigadier General Smedley Butler had Butler (football) Stadium built by Marines who literally carved the structure out of forest, rock, and earth. The historic district encompasses the nation’s most impressive Marine Corps facility.


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

Updated September 3, 2018