Fairlington Receives Prestigious
"Test of Time" Award
From the Virginia Society, American Institute of Architects
Community Nominated by Charles Matta, AIA, Fairlington Resident
Ronald E. Patterson, left, and Terry Placek, center,
Representing the Fairlington Historical Society,
Pose With the "Test of Time" Award Along with
Charles Matta, AIA, Who Nominated Fairlington
November 8, 2002. At the "Visions for Architecture" Awards Ceremony, the Fairlington Community received the 2002 "Test of Time" Award from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (VSAIA). The award recognizes the lasting value of excellence in architectural design.
The ceremony, which was hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Architecture, was held at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia, and was attended by more than 400 Virginia architects and guests. This recognition is awarded annually to "a building or group of buildings that has functioned in essentially the same manner as originally designed for at least twenty-five years."
Fairlington owes a debt of gratitude to Charles Matta, AIA, a resident of our community, who nominated Fairlington for this award. Mr. Matta is an architect, past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Society AIA, and a community activist who has worked in the Fairlington Citizens Association (FCA) and his condominium association.
The "Test of Time" award received by Fairlington was one of twenty-six (26) awards to individual architects, architectural firms, and structures recognized at the honors and awards ceremony by the VSAIA.
Working with the Society, the Virginia Foundation for Architecture seeks to enlarge and encourage the community of supporters who, by profession or education, have made creating, preserving, and enhancing Virginia's communities an important life commitment. The Foundation will celebrate its golden anniversary in 2004. Accepting the award on behalf of Fairlington was Ronald E. Patterson, President, Fairlington Historical Society. Accompanying Mr. Patterson at the ceremony was Terry Placek, Vice-President, Fairlington Historical Society.
Shown above is Robert A. Magoon, Jr., (left)
Virginia Society AIA President-Elect,
Congratulating Mr. Patterson, (right)
who Accepted the Award on Behalf of Fairlington
The Virginia Society AIA is the state component of the American Institute of Architects. Since 1914, VSAIA has represented the professional interests of architects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As VSAIA members, more than 2000 architects, associates and allied professionals express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our state's buildings and cities.
The letter (dated September 17, 2002) informing the community of the award was addressed to Catherine Fellows, author of "Fairlington at 50" and a long-time resident of Fairlington. Ms. Fellows was unable to attend the ceremony.
Following is the text of the award justification for Fairlington:
"Arlington's 1940s garden apartment community offers an early example of successful community planning and large-scale rental housing. Kenneth Franzheim, FAIA, and Alan B. Mills designed the defense community housing as America entered World War II, in accordance with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's executive order. More than 3,400 units were built for Pentagon workers in just two years, and initial monthly rents ranged from $58.50 to $89.50. The community, named for the two counties in which it lies (Fairfax and Arlington), converted to condominiums in the 1970s."
"Fairlington represents the best of mid-20th-century residential construction, and both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places added it to their rosters in the 1990s. The exemplary Colonial Revival design reflects the charm of an earlier era, and perhaps influences its devoted residents to maintain an exceptional sense of community."
Virginia Society, American Institute of Architects