Margaret J. Tinsley






Architects Acknowledge Fairlington with Award


RICHMOND, Va. (11/15/02) — The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (VSAIA) presented the 2002 Test of Time Award to the Fairlington Community in Arlington, a 1940s garden apartment community that offers an early example of successful community planning and large-scale rental housing. The Test of Time Award, presented at its annual ceremony Friday, Nov. 8, in Richmond, is designed to recognize the lasting value of good architectural design. The structure must be no less than 25 years old and must function in essentially the manner originally designed.

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. Its exemplary Colonial Revival design reflects the charm of an earlier era, and continues to attract residents.

Founded in 1914, VSAIA is a professional organization representing more than 2,000 Virginia architects. The VSAIA is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of the art and science of architecture among professionals and expanding the awareness and appreciation of architecture among the general public. For more information, contact the Virginia Society at 804-644-3041or see its website at


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