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Arlington County in 1921 / John M. Walton, Architect

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
1. Arlington County in 1921 Marker
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Arlington County in 1921
This 1921 aerial photograph shows the immediate surroundings and transportation networks of both the streetcar line and roads from Clarendon from Ballston. The Washington-Virginia Railway, successor to the Washington, Arlington & Falls Church Railway (WA&FC), operated at the time of this photograph.

John M. Walton, Architect
Prominent local architect John Macardell Walton, Sr. (1912-2000), a Maryland native and graduate of the Catholic University of America (1935), designed the Blue Goose building. Walton was a partner in several local architectural firms, including John M. Walton and Associates in Arlington County. He designed hundreds of buildings in the greater Washington, D.C., area such as the demolished Arlington County Court House built in 1960. Walton's firm also designed a wing of Arlington Hospital, now Virginia Hospital Center.

Walton began designing homes during the mid-20th century wave of suburbanization. As the country's suburbs expanded after World War II, Walton's firm designed several residential subdivisions in the northern part
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
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of Arlington County. Elsewhere in the region, he was the architect of the original Prince George's County Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland, the original Stamp Student Union Building at the University of Maryland, and the trotting horse racing tracks at the Laurel and Rosecroft raceways in Prince George's County, Maryland. During the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration (1953-1961), Walton redesigned the staff dining room at the White House, as well as a garden wall and an outbuilding at the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

From 1955 until 1990, Walton lived at "His Lordship's Kindness," the 18th-century Georgian colonial mansion he restored in Clinton, Maryland. Walton passed away at his final home, Richland Farm in Cordova, Maryland, at the age of 87.

Image courtesy of WMCRP Architects
 
Erected by Marymount University.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArchitectureEducationRailroads & StreetcarsScience & MedicineSettlements & SettlersSports. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 38° 52.956′ N, 77° 7.021′ 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
3. Arlington County in 1921 Marker
W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from North Glebe Road (Virginia Route 120) just north of Fairfax Drive (Virginia Route 237), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1008 North Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ballston Metro / The Blue Goose (here, next to this marker); Trolleys Come to Ballston / CIA Occupies the Building (a few steps from this marker); Glebe Road & Ballston / Marymount University (within shouting distance of this marker); Lacey Car Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blue Goose (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peck Chevrolet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ball's Crossroads (approx. ¼ mile away); Welburn Square (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 4, 2020
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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