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Colonial Village

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1935–1940, Harvey Warwick, Frances Koening. Bounded by Lee Hwy., Queens Ln., N. Veitch St., and Wilson Blvd. (Courthouse Metro stop)
  • Colonial Village (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

The oldest of the northern Virginia garden apartment complexes was also the first Federal Housing Authority project in the nation. The FHA worked closely with Washington developer Gustave Ring to create a model apartment village. Colonial Village was built in four phases, the first three designed by Harvey Warwick and the fourth by Frances Koening. In keeping with some of the most advanced garden city ideas of Clarence Stein and others, which were readily observable at Greenbelt, Maryland, the two-story apartment units cluster around courtyards, a substantial greenbelt runs through the center, and the staggering and setback of the units increase variety, ventilation, and light. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic are rigorously separated. Differentiating this project from other modernist schemes was the Colonial Revival idiom of red brick, light trim, and small sculptural embellishments.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Colonial Village", [Arlington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 53-54.

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