Fairlington Listed on
National Register of Historic Places (Prepared February 19, 2000)
"The past is not the property of historians alone; it is a public possession. It belongs to anyone who is aware of it and it grows by being shared. It sustains the whole society, which always needs the identity that only the past can give." -Walter Havighurst
The Fairlington Historical Designation Committee proudly announces that Fairlington was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 1999. On December 2, 1998, Fairlington was listed on the Virginia Landmark Register as well. Listing recognizes that a property is of significance to the Nation, the State or the community. Fairlington has the rare distinction of being a nationally significant property. It is a notable example of community planning and publicly financed housing built for defense workers and their families during World War II. It was designed by renowned architects Kenneth Franzheim and Alan B. Mills and represents the best of residential construction.
Fairlington was intended to remain a permanent part of the community after the war's end. Defense Homes Corporation (DHC) managed Fairlington until its sale to private owners in 1947. DHC spent $35 million to build Fairlington and sold it at a profit. By 1996, Fairlington's assessed value, according to the Arlington Real Estate Assessment Office, had risen to $423,701,600. Fairlington remained a rental community until 1972-77, when the units were successfully renovated and sold as condominiums. The community remains a fine and very well preserved example of the Colonial Revival style in Northern Virginia and in the Washington metropolitan area. Fairlington's nomination to the Virginia Landmark Register and the National Register is on the Fairlington.org website (http://www.fairlington.org/Nominat.htm) for those interested in obtaining a copy. This 72- page document provides information on the architectural details of 62 building types and provides a full and documented account of Fairlington's historical significance.