Virginia Landmarks
December 2, 1998
          
Fairlington Historic District
60th Anniversary Events
          
National Register
March 29, 1999
Historic Designation Seal
Homes in Historic Fairlington
Homes in Historic Fairlington
Historic Designation Seal

Fairlington Historical Society
Hosts 60th Anniversary Celebration Reception
November 1, 2003


Some of the More Than 100 Guests Enjoy the Food
Some of the More Than 100 Guests Enjoy the Food Catered by Cuisine Mondiale. Caterer Peter L'Heureux (back of head) Flanked by two Waiters. (Photo by Harold Reem)

More than 100 exuberant residents and invited guests celebrated Fairlington's 60th Anniversary at a 4:00 p.m. reception held on November 1, 2003.

The event was held at the North Fairlington Community Center and hosted by the Fairlington Historical Society (FHS).

The Society event included the recognition of special invited guests, remarks by Mr. Rob Nieweg, Southern Field Office Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a presentation of the final proof of Fairlington at Fifty: 1943 to 1993 - 60th Anniversary Edition by Catherine Fellows, live musical entertainment by Fairlington's own Duo Classique, and food catered by Cuisine Mondiale. Ms. Fellows was in attendance to answer questions about the anniversary edition of her history of Fairlington.

Fairlington at 50 Author Catherine Fellows Discusses the Republication of her History with Adrian Hilz and FCA Treasurer Ed Hilz
Fairlington at 50 Author Catherine Fellows (center) Discusses the Republication of her History with Adrian Hilz and FCA Treasurer Ed Hilz (right). (Photo by Guy Land)

Special recognitions of work accomplished by Society members and volunteers were the cornerstone of the celebration reception. Ron Pride, of Kota Design, was unable to attend but was recognized for his pro bono design of the 60th Anniversary Edition of Fairlington at 50.

Haruko Adkins Enjoys a Discussion with State Senator Patsy Ticer
Fairlington Resident Haruko Adkins Enjoys a Discussion with State Senator Patsy Ticer. (Photo by Guy Land)

In addition, the following were recognized for their significant contributions to the work of the Society: Stephanie Greenwald, for her design of the FHS logo, letterhead, and the reception program; Jeanne LaFleur, for her initiation of the partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Janet Filer, for her T-shirt initiative; the 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee, for their planning for the reception; the 2003 Home and Garden Tour Committee; June Pickard, recognized as Fairlington's longest residing resident; and Lorraine Drolet (not in attendance) and Judith Greig, for their roles in securing historic designation for Fairlington.

Fairlington Villages was acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation from the Society for that association's long-time commitment to historic preservation and their support of the Historical Society. FHS President Ron Patterson noted that Fairlington Villages had provided financial and moral support to both the historic designation effort and the Historical Society for many years.

The Arbor was commended for their offer to store copies of Fairlington at 50 and the 60th Anniversary T-shirts.

Fairlington Villages President Guy Land Accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from FHS President Ron Patterson
Fairlington Villages President Guy Land Accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from FHS President Ron Patterson. (Photo by Harold Reem)
Paul Ferguson, Chairman, Arlington County Board, Presents FHS President with A Certificate of Appreciation
Paul Ferguson, Chairman, Arlington County Board, Presents FHS President with A Certificate of Appreciation. (Photo by Guy Land)

Paul Ferguson, Chairman, Arlington County Board, congratulated the Historical Society for their preservation efforts and presented a Certificate of Recognition from the County to Ron Patterson, President of the Society, in recognition of his "dedication and exemplary service to the residents of Fairlington and to the citizens of Arlington County for his work in preserving our historic treasures." This presentation was followed by an expression of appreciation to Mr. Patterson from the other Society Board members. Terry Placek, FHS trustee and Vice-President, presented him with a commemorative plate.

Also in attendance was Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille who expressed his congratulations to Fairlington residents on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the development of their community. Other officials on hand for the event were: State Senator Patsy Ticer; State Delegate Marian Van Landingham; Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka; Alexandria Councilman Paul Smedberg; Michael Leventhal, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, Arlington County; Nancy Hunt, President, Fairlington Citizens Association; Guy Land, President, Fairlington Villages Condominium Association; Tom McQuillan, President, Fairlington Arbor Condominium Association; and Michael Peter, President, Commons Condominium Association.

FHS President Greets Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Councilman Paul Smedberg
FHS President (right), Greets Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille (left) and Alexandria Councilman Paul Smedberg. (Photo by Guy Land)

Rob Nieweg, Southern Field Office Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke to the assemblage on four major themes: (1) "Limited Resources, Many Threats;" (2) "Preservation Protections Under Attack;" (3) "Disappearing Landscapes - Sprawling DC Metropolis;" and (4) "Neighborhood Anchors Slipping Away."

Rob Nieweg, Southern Field Office Director, National Trust, Addresses Celebration Attendees
Rob Nieweg, Southern Field Office Director, National Trust, Addresses Celebration Attendees. (Photo by Guy Land)

Mr. Nieweg made it clear that there are significant challenges facing the preservation movement today. Regarding limited resources, he explained that government agencies and preservation organizations are financially strapped and that philanthropic giving is down 25 per cent.

He noted that the National Park Service has a $4.5 billion backlog and that the White House opposes new national parks.

Another major threat described was the effort underway in the Congress to diminish protections for historic places presently in Federal transportation law. Preservationists commonly refer to those protections as section 4(f), contained in a six-year reauthorization of Federal transportation laws.

These protections give local communities and neighborhoods the opportunity to challenge bad road building decisions, and they are a strong incentive to transportation planners to work with communities and plan ahead to avoid damaging historic places.

Arlington County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Michael Leventhal Converses with Paul Ferguson and Fairlington Residents
Arlington County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Michael Leventhal (right) Converses with Paul Ferguson (left) and Fairlington Residents. (Photo by Harold Reem)
FHS Logo Designer Stephanie Greenwald and FHS Vice-President Terry Placek
FHS Logo Designer Stephanie Greenwald and FHS Vice-President Terry Placek Enjoy the Evening. (Photo by Guy Land)

The National Trust expects that proposals will be offered during the committee process to add language to the bill that will cripple 4(f) protections for historic places. Mr. Nieweg encouraged residents to join with the National Trust to work hard to see that needed protections are kept intact. (Editor's Note: residents wishing to learn more about how they can help in efforts to retain these protections can visit the National Trust web site at: http://www.nationaltrust.org/.

Mr. Nieweg concluded by explaining that "(t)here are important questions of American history, public policy, regulations, tax codes, quality of life, and the financial bottom line " involved in historic preservation. "Ultimately, however," he stated, "preservation is a personal matter, driven by what we come to care about. And, naturally, what we succeed in saving, restoring, renovating, or adapting for a new use becomes for generations a reflection of our national character."


Alexandria City Councilman Paul Smedberg, Arlington County Chairman Paul Ferguson, and Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka
(left to right) Alexandria City Councilman Paul Smedberg, Arlington County Chairman Paul Ferguson, and Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka Await the Next Event at the Celebration. (Photo by Harold Reem)
Ruth Kerns, Trustee and Archivist, Secretary Cindy Kunz, Treasurer Sandy Hodapp, and Vice President Terry Placek Present Plaque to FHS President
FHS Board Members Present a Commerative Plate. Left to Right are Ruth Kerns, Trustee and Archivist, Secretary Cindy Kunz, Treasurer Sandy Hodapp, and Vice President Terry Placek. (Photo by Guy Land)
FHS Secretary Cindy Kunz (seated left), FHS Member and National Trust Liaison Jeanne LaFleur (seated right), and FHS Treasurer Sandy Hodapp (standing center) Greet Wanda Edwards
FHS Secretary Cindy Kunz (seated left), FHS Member and National Trust Liaison Jeanne LaFleur (seated right), and FHS Treasurer Sandy Hodapp (standing center) Greet Wanda Edwards (center right) and other Residents with T-Shirt and Fairlington History Order Forms, (Photo by Guy Land)