Category Archives: Virginia

Arlington Assembly of God, Arlington, VA

This is a pretty standard red brick modern complex in Virginia (a state not generally known for its modern). However the segmentation of the rounded sanctuary is a nice design feature which also allows light into the space and the … Continue reading

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Winchester Towers, Winchester, VA

Sitting just outside the historic downtown core, this 1962 hotel is currently being redeveloped and it is unclear if the current structure will remain. The hotel incorporates traditional materials like brick that blend in downtown as well as mid-century elements … Continue reading


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Lovingston Post Office, Lovingston, VA

At 131 Main Street is this small mid-century post office. Built in 1960, the building incorporates a wall of marble to the right of the entrance as well as beige brick, enamel panels around the windows and aluminum trim on … Continue reading

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Agudath Sholom Synagogue, Lynchburg, VA

Agudath Sholom Synagogue is set back off Langhorne Road, a long and low building surrounded by trees. This building was built in 1955-56 for a growing congregation that was moving out of the downtown as many businesses and organizations were … Continue reading

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Stryker Building, Williamsburg, VA

This building from 1967 serves as  part of Williamsburg, VA’s civic center. It currently houses the city council offices. The style of a brick box with classical limestone trim and a central columned entrance is more akin to a 1950s … Continue reading

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1205 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA

This 1964 commercial building on Rivermont Avenue features some great mid-century details including concrete block decoration, clerestory windows running under the flat roof, an original glass fronted storefront, matching drive-thru overhang and prominent commercial signage denoting its place on the … Continue reading

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St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Arlington, VA

St. Charles Borromeo at the intersection of N. Fairfax Drive and N. Kirkwood Drive was built between 1955 and 1965 with sources varying. As the larger campus includes St. Charles School, and other related buildings on same property it’s possible … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo Bank, Arlington, VA

This Wells Fargo branch, at 951 S. George Mason Drive just off Columbia Pike, is an unexpected surprise in a section of Arlington that has not seen as much recent redevelopment as other areas. The building was built in 1962 … Continue reading

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Clarendon Office Building, Arlington, VA

This office building from 1964 is immediately across from the George Mason Law School (see the previous post). Given the rapid development in this area and increased density, this building is almost certainly destined for demolition in the not too … Continue reading

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George Mason University Law School, Arlington, VA

GMU Law School, at 3301 Fairfax Drive in the Clarendon neighborhood, is now surrounded by large new development. This was originally the Virginia Square branch of Kann’s Department Store, a well-known DC institution. It was built in 1951 by de … Continue reading

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