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Crystal



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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Lee Shopping Center Reply with quote

Lee Shopping Center makes list of endangered places.

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Shopping center makes list of endangered places
May 14, 2008 - 9:48am

The trolley tracks on P Street NW, Georgetown are on the list of locations that need to be preserved in D.C. (Photo courtesy of DCPL Archives)
Hank Silverberg, WTOP Radio
Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio

WASHINGTON - In an area rich with history, a shopping center may not come to mind as something endangered. But the Lee Shopping Center in Arlington County is on a non-profit's year's list of historic sites that need to be preserved.

Elizabeth S. Kostelny, APVA executive director, calls the shopping center designed in 1941 to complement the Lee Gardens apartment and then redesigned and built in 1949, an "important places to save." It's threatened with demolition because of a change in zoning.

"It's quite well designed, and it is quite useable," she says.

The buildings, which contributed to the structures in the Lyon Park National Register Historic District, complement Arlington's image as a walkable community.


"It does fit with pedestrian traffic and is still a viable model for use."

The only other local historic site on Virginia's endangered list is the Arcola School in Loudoun County. The school built in 1939 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal is threatened by demolition. It was an active school until 1972 and served as the county's first community center from 1977 until early 2006.

Other sites on Preservation Virginia's 2008 Most Endangered list include Mill Mountain in the City of Roanoke; Jolly Pond Dam in James City County; various rural places throughout Virginia; Elliston in Montgomery County; and part of Southside Virginia, including locations in Surry, Southampton, Sussex, and Prince George counties.

In the District the D.C. Preservation League wants to see Stevens Elementary School near the corner of 21st and K Streets in Northwest preserved. It was one of the first schools built for freed slaves. Singer Roberta Flack and first daughter Amy Carter went to school there.

Also on the list are the city's only remaining street car tracks in Georgetown. They're one of the last remaining examples of conduit tracks in the world.

In Anacostia, three abandoned frame houses originally built for former slaves are threatened by development.

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Georgia Avenue is on the list because of its uncertain future once the medical services are moved to the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing that piece, Crystal.
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SMcKnight



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I lived in Lee Gardens for a couple years in the early '80s and used to spend a lot of time in that shopping center -- shopping at the grocery store, using the laundramat, getting carryout from the Royal Lee Bar & Grill, reading Spanish-language newspapers at the drug store snack bar over a scrambled egg breakfast... Good times.

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stockett



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:44 am    Post subject: Lee Shopping Center - Question Reply with quote

Is that where the Byrd Theatre was or close by? I am having trouble remembering that area. Anyone want to take down memory lane on this one?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lee Shopping Center is on Pershing Drive about a half a block from where it meets Rt. 50 (Arlington Blvd.) at the entrance to Ft. Myer. Do I remember correctly that the Byrd was in the shopping center that used to be just south of Rt.50 and just west of Washington Blvd.? If so then I'd think you could say they wree sort of close by each other, though separated by a couple major roads, so you wouldn't necessarily want to walk it often.

-Scott
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