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Peck Chevrolet

 
 
Peck Chevrolet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, August 4, 2012
1. Peck Chevrolet Marker
Inscription. Bob Peck opened his first Chevrolet dealership in 1939 on Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon. In 1964, he moved the dealership west to Ballston to the very prominent corner of North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, 300 feet south of this marker. Taking advantage of the site’s unique location and visibility, local architect Anthony Musolino designed a transparent circular showroom of glass and chrome, with a butterfly roofline whose frieze of diamond-shaped blue panels spelled out “Chevrolet.” The building was an excellent example of Googie architecture, reflecting the era’s prevailing interest in the future — space travel, nuclear energy, rockets — through the use of upward slanting and cantilevered roofs, geometric patterns, acute angles and large sheets of glass.

Musolino’s design evoked thoughts of flight and movement, with its walls of transparent glass and a roof that appeared to float skyward. The transparent showroom was a living billboard. Motorists could see the chrome-trimmed vehicles from the street. Peck Chevrolet became a community icon and a landmark for motorists traveling to and through Arlington. The showroom’s design is represented in the new diamond-shaped frieze of the office building now located at the former Bob Peck site.
 
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Peck Chevrolet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, August 4, 2012
2. Peck Chevrolet Marker
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Location. 38° 52.83′ N, 77° 6.92′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Glebe Road (Virginia Route 120) and 9th Street North, on the right when traveling south on Glebe Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington VA 22203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lacey Car Barn (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ball's Crossroads (about 700 feet away); Welburn Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ballston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buckingham (approx. half a mile away); Mt. Olivet Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wright Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Southern-Shreve Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
More about this marker. This marker was erected by the developer to commemorate the dealership that formerly stood on the site. The unique design of the marker is intended to evoke the body and fins of a 1960s Chevrolet. The marker is also intended to be a work of sculptural art as well as a historical marker. The marker text and design were approved by the Arlington Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board.
 
Also see . . .
site of Peck Chevrolet dealership with Marker in the foreground image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, August 4, 2012
3. site of Peck Chevrolet dealership with Marker in the foreground

1. Ballston Building Adds "Bob Peck" Historical Marker. Website with photo of original building (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.) 

2. Photo of dealership before it was demolished. (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
3. Developer's proposal and design for marker (pdf file). The document at this link includes the detailed design for the marker (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.) 

4. Landmark Bob Peck Chevrolet diamonds, facade reappear on new glass tower in Arlington. Sep. 13, 2012 Washington Post article (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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