“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Laughlin Building

The Laughlin Building Marker image. Click for full size.
July 14, 2012
1. The Laughlin Building Marker
Inscription.  This building, dedicated in 1988 by William and Dara Laughlin, replaced a long-standing McLean landmark. In 1906, Matthew J. Laughlin, owner of a nearby dairy farm, purchased this lot. He built a residence/store here, which became a focal point of the community. Its location was across from the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad stop at Chain Bridge Road, known as McLean by 1910. Subsequent Laughlin generations conducted their real estate businesses here, eventually becoming Laughlin Realtors. Painted blue in the 1960s, the landmark "Blue House" was razed in 1987 and replaced by this award-winning financial office center.
Erected 2011 by The Fairfax County History Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1988.
Location. 38° 56.042′ N, 77° 10.672′ W. Marker is in McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax County
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. Marker is at the intersection of Old Dominion Drive (Virginia Route 309) and Chain Bridge Road, on the right when traveling east on Old Dominion Drive. Marker is in front of the PNC Bank building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6805 Old Dominion Drive, Mc Lean VA 22101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McLean (within shouting distance of this marker); McLean Volunteer Firehouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salona (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benvenue (approx. half a mile away); William Watters (approx. one mile away); William Whann Mackall (approx. 1.1 miles away); Langley Fork (approx. 1½ miles away); Chesterbrook (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McLean.
The Laughlin Building Marker image. Click for full size.
July 14, 2012
2. The Laughlin Building Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2012. This page has been viewed 913 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2012. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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