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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: HB ()
Date: May 29, 2013 02:36PM

From that angle of Nipper, the building in the background is the firehouse.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: The Shadow ()
Date: May 29, 2013 02:44PM

Bill.N. Wrote:
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> The Shadow Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
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> > 22015 Wrote:
> >
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>
> > -----
> > > That picture of the jockey reminds me of the
> > RCA
> > > dog Nipper that was just down the street on
> 29
> > for
> > > many years. I believe it moved to Baltimore
> > many
> > > years ago. According to the Washington Post
> > there
> > > is even a street there now called Nipper Way.
> > > Afraid I could not find a pic of the dog when
> > it
> > > was on 29.
> >
> >
> > Here you go.
>
> Shadow, are you sure that pic was shot when Nipper
> was on 29? I ask because the building in the
> background doesn't look like the old farmhouse on
> 29 at Cedar.


Yep. The picture was taken in 1981.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Citizen X ()
Date: May 29, 2013 03:07PM

Fairfax Co Govt 1969
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Laura ()
Date: May 29, 2013 03:12PM

I think it was on Main Street down from the Mosby Apartments building. It became a 7-11 and has been many businesses over the years Right now the sign says CROSSFIT.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Scott D ()
Date: May 29, 2013 04:04PM

I seem to remember Nipper being to the right of the firehouse (if you're standing on Lee Highway facing the firehouse) closer to what is now Barkley Gate. If that is the case and the building in the background is the firehouse, he's facing the wrong way.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Scott D ()
Date: May 29, 2013 04:11PM

In the pic of the Massey Building looking to the left of the water tower, that white building at the very edge of the picture, is that the lone house on Judicial Drive that somehow managed to survive all of the commercial/judicial development?

Does anyone know the story behind that house. How many times has some developer tried to buy him out? I see by the truck in the driveway a fire fighter (ret?) lives there.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: HB ()
Date: May 30, 2013 09:24AM

Nipper was to the left of the firehouse, in between firehouse and Exxon.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: big clown head ()
Date: May 30, 2013 09:38AM

Anyone remember a McDonald's with a huge sculpture of Ronald McDonald's head on the roof? I remember seeing it as a kid in the early 90s.

Where was that?

If so post pics.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: May 30, 2013 10:16AM

"In the pic of the Massey Building looking to the left of the water tower, that white building at the very edge of the picture, is that the lone house on Judicial Drive that somehow managed to survive all of the commercial/judicial development?"

No. The water tower was razed and that plot is now the Jennings Building (80s?)

FWIW, "judicial drive" and the turn towards Main Street didn't exist until the mid 80s - Page Drive (North side of the Massey Bldg) turned sharply left and intersected with Jones. There was no way to drive from the "back" side of the building to Main Street (where the PO is today).

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Citizen X ()
Date: May 30, 2013 10:32AM

Massey Bldg December 2000
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: May 30, 2013 12:58PM

Jess1 Wrote:
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> "In the pic of the Massey Building looking to the
> left of the water tower, that white building at
> the very edge of the picture, is that the lone
> house on Judicial Drive that somehow managed to
> survive all of the commercial/judicial
> development?"
>
> No. The water tower was razed and that plot is now
> the Jennings Building (80s?)
>
> FWIW, "judicial drive" and the turn towards Main
> Street didn't exist until the mid 80s - Page Drive
> (North side of the Massey Bldg) turned sharply
> left and intersected with Jones. There was no way
> to drive from the "back" side of the building to
> Main Street (where the PO is today).

The portion of what is now Judicial Drive that connects from Page Avenue (where the post office is) to Main Street wasn't always called Judicial Drive, either. When it first opened, it was named the "Page Avenue Connector" (similar to the Eisenhower Avenue Connector exit from the Beltway). I do not remember when it was renamed, however.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Love this thread ()
Date: May 31, 2013 12:23AM

So I obviously know nothing about that government complex... The 1st photo shows a water tower etc, in 1969. The second shows a boomerang-shaped building in late 2000. Is that where the new courthouse is? And did they put a building up and tear it down in a relatively short period of time, or am I looking at the wrong space? I love the old courthouse there - obviously too small for a county of a million-plus residents but damn, what changes it has seen!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Welcome, neighbor ()
Date: May 31, 2013 07:35AM

Love this thread Wrote:
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> So I obviously know nothing about that government
> complex... The 1st photo shows a water tower etc,
> in 1969. The second shows a boomerang-shaped
> building in late 2000. Is that where the new
> courthouse is? And did they put a building up and
> tear it down in a relatively short period of time,
> or am I looking at the wrong space? I love the
> old courthouse there - obviously too small for a
> county of a million-plus residents but damn, what
> changes it has seen!


The boomerang-shaped building is indeed the new courthouse.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: May 31, 2013 07:56AM

"When it first opened, it was named the "Page Avenue Connector""

Good memory!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: May 31, 2013 09:49AM

Welcome, neighbor Wrote:
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> Love this thread Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > So I obviously know nothing about that
> government
> > complex... The 1st photo shows a water tower
> etc,
> > in 1969. The second shows a boomerang-shaped
> > building in late 2000. Is that where the new
> > courthouse is? And did they put a building up
> and
> > tear it down in a relatively short period of
> time,
> > or am I looking at the wrong space? I love the
> > old courthouse there - obviously too small for
> a
> > county of a million-plus residents but damn,
> what
> > changes it has seen!
>
>
> The boomerang-shaped building is indeed the new
> courthouse.


"New" being a relative term. The building as seen in that picture opened in the 1980s. It was expanded to its current configuration sometime after about 2005. The portion seen in the photo is still there, of course; it's just a lot less noticeable with the newer part of the building being out there.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Ann ()
Date: May 31, 2013 11:34AM

It is a picture of the Unitarian Church on Hunter Mill Rd, about one mile from rt 123.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Time Machine ()
Date: June 01, 2013 07:15AM

Not Fairfax county but here's a map of DC from 1851...
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: NCpwd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 05:31AM

Challenge - find a pic of the used car lot "Motor Pool" on Route 1

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:00AM

@ big clown head - I think what you saw was a big ballon, kinda like those big Purple Gorilla ballons that they use for car sales sometimes................ I could be mistaken, however

about Judicial Dr - that "page ave extenstion" was built in the 80s to eliminate the left turn from Northbound Chain Bridge onto Westbound North St in old town (we all remember what fun that used to be, eh? lol)

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let's see if anyone remembers this wagon LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:03AM

ok, Blanche - no Tysons animals yet :(

but y'all still gonna love me for this find LoLz

yr welcome :)
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Wild Wild West
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:40AM

Western Fairfax County in the 50 - yeah, pretty rural aint it hahahaha!!!!!
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Re: Wild Wild West
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:41AM

pre Vienna/GMU LoLz
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Re: Wild Wild West
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:42AM

this place musta been something else.....
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you know it's old Fairfax County - there's no traffic LoLz.jpg

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Re: Wild Wild West
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:43AM

hey! check out the left of the pic - LoLz anybody remember what the last movie was on that screen? I remember it being abandoned in the 80's and torn down right before the Parkway punched thru
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Re: Wild Wild West
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:45AM

celebrating diversity LoLz
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Re: Wild Wild West
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:46AM

@ Gordon - I never made the trip out there as a kid, I saw the bumper stickers for years and wondered about it though.


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:54AM

@wing - I'd never even heard of the place and I always had thought those bumper stickers were for some place far away from here like Wall Drug LoLz

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 03, 2013 09:33AM

Ah, Virginia City. This thread keeps reminding me of what a wonderful place this was to grow up in before the government got so big, etc. and its now everything is so built up.

There were so many "local color" places around now you have to head out of town to find anything unique.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 10:46AM

I dunno..................Sometimes I'm wishing the govt would build more

pic unrelated
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 10:49AM

last time trucks were allowed there LoLz
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WHY NOT 8 LANES!?!?!!?!?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 03, 2013 10:50AM

I wish Arlington had bothered to think about the future back then like they say they are doing now :(



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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: June 03, 2013 11:41AM

My favorite part of that segment of I-66 is the weird house on the north side of the road with a window in its chimney that's visible over the sound wall. I tried to pull up a Google Street View image but the trees were too thick. I've always found that chimney to be a bizarre design and I wondered if it might have been added to the house later on because of the way it splits around the window.

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Re: Wild Wild West
Posted by: Statesmen81 ()
Date: June 03, 2013 05:13PM

Gordon Blvd Wrote:
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> celebrating diversity LoLz

The Washington Whiteskins?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: JustCurious ()
Date: June 03, 2013 06:01PM

Gordon - Do you have any more pics of 66? What about what it was prior to 66?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jess1 ()
Date: June 03, 2013 07:38PM

"What about what it was prior to 66?"

It wasn't. I66 ran from the beltway out to I81. The segment inside the beltway wasn't built until the 80s...


http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Int66_MetroViennaRte.html#Intro

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: rail to road ()
Date: June 03, 2013 07:42PM

I believe the alignment for 66 inside the beltway used parts of the old WO&D railraod alignment, particularly near (behindO Washington & Lee High School.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: love me some roy's ()
Date: June 03, 2013 07:45PM

right before the parking deck at W-L high school, someone painted across the east bound lanes " I-66 the highway to hell"

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: mr xxx ()
Date: June 03, 2013 07:53PM

so wait 66 was opened in the 80s or did it go somewhere else? like how did it look before the metro or did they make it with the metro and where too?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: *900 ()
Date: June 03, 2013 07:58PM

I-66 opened inside the beltway in the late 70's.

The WO&D stopped running in the late 60's.

I remember driving to Arlington over Glebe Road and looking down (where I-66 is now) and seeing nothing but an old rail bed.

This was late 70's, early 80's time-frame.

Metro opened around 1976.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Another brick in the wall ()
Date: June 03, 2013 08:07PM

Vienna Metro opened in about the 1987 time frame.

When I66 was built there were many houses that were taken out near Lyon Village. I remember the lawyer who led the opposition to I66 in Arlington ended up with a nice settlement which got him a house near the river off of Military Road. But part of the compromise that was reached limited the sections in Arlington to 4 lanes -- which seemed like a good idea at the time.

Much of the Arlington areas West of Glebe Road followed the 4 Mile Run area which did not have houses.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Ye Ole Woodson Man ()
Date: June 03, 2013 10:10PM

Virginia City that's way back, I knew a guy who had a metal detector, He remembered where all the side walks were after the place was long gone, he went in there and scored big time on old silver coins dropped between the cracks into the dirt below where the wooden sidewalks were.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 04, 2013 10:38AM

Metro opened as far as Ballston in 1979, I-66 inside the Beltway was opened to traffic in 1982, and the Orange Line extension to Vienna opened in 1986.

Unlike most new highways, I-66 was inadequate for traffic demand from the day it opened. At the time, I lived in Arlington and commuted to D.C. If I wanted to use I-66 I needed to time my arrival at the entrance ramp precisely at 9 am or I'd get stuck in the flood of solo drivers coming in from further out. Needless to say, it hasn't gotten any better. Thankfully my commute now involves a jaunt down the FFX Parkway, which has its backups but on it's worst day isn't as bad as I-66 or even Shirley Highway.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 04, 2013 01:58PM

no pics of 66 right now

here a pic of something that may have been there before, though LoLz
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 04, 2013 02:52PM

....Gordon, a Mid Century Modern fan?

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fine arts, for example ;)
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 04, 2013 06:28PM

Gordon likes all sorts of stuff!

pic unrelated
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Capt Johnny Rebel says "WELCOME TO ROSSLYN - Where the Confederecy BEGINS!!" LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 04, 2013 06:34PM

notice in the pic above, you can see the HoJo's is still there off the circle - anybody know what that building is next to it? Looks like a mini version of the Key Bridge Marriott - was that what it looked like before towers were built or something? I always assumed it was all built at once but maybe towers were build later? I dunno................

anyways, more Rosslyn - seems I REEEEAALLY like Rosslyn as well LoLz
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Re: Capt Johnny Rebel says "WELCOME TO ROSSLYN - Where the Confederecy BEGINS!!" LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 04, 2013 06:35PM

I guess they closed down the bus area once they build the metrostation?
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Re: Capt Johnny Rebel says "WELCOME TO ROSSLYN - Where the Confederecy BEGINS!!" LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 04, 2013 06:35PM

so I guess they just built the Roosevelt Bridge in this one......

edit: as a sidenote, does anybody know what in the heck these things are on the Mall?



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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 04, 2013 08:29PM

They were the "temporary building" built by the Navy during World War -- I am not sure if they were for 1 or 2. But they were butt ugly and were there until sometime in the 70s. My Mom worked in one of them in the mid-50s.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: love me some roy's ()
Date: June 04, 2013 11:10PM

Great picture G Blvd! odd not seeing the Kennedy Center. It looks as if one of the Watergate buildings is going up. Not sure where the water tower is in the upper right on the VA side. Pretty sure the tower that is visible in the background behind the River Place Apartments is the tower with the microwaves at George Mason and 29. Only structure that tall at one of the highest points in Arlington.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: love me some roy's ()
Date: June 04, 2013 11:13PM

upon further review, might be the FAA tower at 7 and 123 in Tysons also

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Geezerdude ()
Date: June 04, 2013 11:16PM

"notice in the pic above, you can see the HoJo's is still there off the circle"

That is a Hot Shoppe.. owned by Marriott..


"I guess they closed down the bus area once they build the metrostation?" Yes.. busses moved to the rail station.. like today at Tysons, Tysons Westpark Bus Station will clse and the buses will move to the rail stations..

Roslyn Circle was originally a Troly station (maybe terminal). the Virginia Trollies met the DC Trollies.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Springfielder ()
Date: June 04, 2013 11:34PM

blanche Wrote:
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> They were the "temporary building" built by the
> Navy during World War -- I am not sure if they
> were for 1 or 2. But they were butt ugly and were
> there until sometime in the 70s. My Mom worked in
> one of them in the mid-50s.


Blanche is right. There were two groups of "temporary" Navy buildings on the Mall. The first group, built in 1918 originally were Main Navy and Munitions buildings. The second group, built in WWII, originally were Bureau of Supplies and Accounts buildings. I believe all were demolished in early 1970s.

In attached photo, the first group is on the left, second group on the right.

I believe the Navy dispensary was housed in the first group of buildings. I remember as little kids having to walk down a long hall to the clinic to get shots. I vividly remember it feeling like the walk to doomsday!
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Geezerdude ()
Date: June 04, 2013 11:40PM

"Pretty sure the tower that is visible in the background behind the River Place Apartments is the tower with the microwaves at George Mason and 29"

AT&T Long Lines Garden City Office.. Before Fiber and Satellite Network TV(Video) signals were transmitted via AT&T Microwave. (Audio was transmitted via co-axial cable) .. Washington’s TV feed from New Your came around DC and was fed to the TV Operations center in downtown via Garden City.. Richmond and Norfolk also were fed via Garden City.

http://long-lines.net/places-routes/Garden_City/index.html

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: oldie/goodie ()
Date: June 05, 2013 07:39AM

blanche Wrote:
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> They were the "temporary building" built by the
> Navy during World War -- I am not sure if they
> were for 1 or 2. But they were butt ugly and were
> there until sometime in the 70s. My Mom worked in
> one of them in the mid-50s.


Yep.

They also housed the headquarters of CIA until Langley HQ opened in '61 or '62.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: The Shadow ()
Date: June 05, 2013 07:48AM

oldie/goodie Wrote:
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> blanche Wrote:
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> > They were the "temporary building" built by the
> > Navy during World War -- I am not sure if they
> > were for 1 or 2. But they were butt ugly and
> were
> > there until sometime in the 70s. My Mom worked
> in
> > one of them in the mid-50s.
>
>
> Yep.
>
> They also housed the headquarters of CIA until
> Langley HQ opened in '61 or '62.


+1

Correct answer.

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Date: June 05, 2013 08:06AM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 05, 2013 08:20AM

the old Hot Shoppes -- one of the first Marriott ventures and one of the best!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 05, 2013 10:08AM

Closer view of that Hot Shoppes building from the 1950s
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Date: June 05, 2013 10:09AM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: June 05, 2013 01:25PM

Lighter vehicles on the right in the middle of the circle are busses. I believe darker ones next to them on the left are PCC Trolleys. I believe the Hot Shoppes was located on the site of the former W&OD Rosslyn station.

Those who have an interest in the old W&OD or the Rosslyn area before WW2 might enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8aXR48nxYg

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: love me some roy's ()
Date: June 05, 2013 03:22PM

>>> geezerdude>>> Thanks for all the info on the tower. Grew up nearby. did not realize that the corner actually had the name Garden City.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Miss Havisham ()
Date: June 05, 2013 04:24PM

Gordon Blvd and others,

I just drove through Acorn Circle in Vienna, just off of Cedar Lane to have a look-see at the MCM development that was advertised as Oak Forest.

Wow. Time has not been kind to this little development; there's not much to see.

It appears that this neighborhood was perhaps just one street of MCM homes and now there are maybe just two that retain any semblance of the original architecture. The two homes at the entrance of the street (maybe even model homes in '54) are well-maintained and attractive, but as you might expect, there is a 90s brick colonial next to a perhaps an original Goodman home that lost all character when it got the 70s dark wood siding update. Most have had shutters, siding, windows and renovations that erased the distinctive characteristics shown in the photo.

Anyone know if this one small street was the extent of Oak Forest? By my count, there are maybe 15 houses there. Quite small by Vienna standards.

Anyway...interesting. Thanks for posting Yeonas/Goodman ad.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: anet ()
Date: June 05, 2013 04:24PM

Not Fairfax County but while we're on the subject of Rosslyn. Across the river where the Kennedy Center is now there used to be a outdoor concert area (sort of like Wolf Trap but smaller). If you've ever seen the 1950's movie "Born Yesterday" with Judy Holliday and William Holden, there's a scene where they attend a concert there. Does anybody know anything about the place?

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 05, 2013 04:33PM

>@Miss Havisham...According to the awesome site Modern Capitol they may be 8+ left on Acorn and Cedar. It was Goodman's last development in the area...maybe GB was right and RT66 helped kill it. http://moderncapitaldc.com/2009/11/13/charles-goodmans-oak-forest-in-vienna/

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 05, 2013 05:01PM

Staying on topic of mid century houses and developments in FFX County here is a 1958 house for sale in Malbrook right by Lake Barcroft, off Sleepy Hollow Rd. When I was growing up we would take this route to go to Barcroft to visit friends and I always LOVED the look of this house on the hill. At X'mas time they would have a 10 foot + lit wreath in the front window...truly cool.It's larger than most mid century homes and not super cheap, but why would anyone blow MEGA-bucks on a crappy "built on top of the neighbors house Mcmansion" when you could have this. 1.16 acres/4300 sq feet/749K. http://www.mrishomes.com/homes-for-sale/VA/FALLS-CHURCH/22044/6523-CROSSWOODS-DR-88647200

So many great mid century development in the area to visit...Holmes Run Acres/Lake Barcroft/Raymondale/Truro/Mantua/Pine Springs...check them out sometime....style and quality last....How much house do you need?
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 05, 2013 05:17PM

anet Wrote:
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> Not Fairfax County but while we're on the subject
> of Rosslyn. Across the river where the Kennedy
> Center is now there used to be a outdoor concert
> area (sort of like Wolf Trap but smaller). If
> you've ever seen the 1950's movie "Born Yesterday"
> with Judy Holliday and William Holden, there's a
> scene where they attend a concert there. Does
> anybody know anything about the place?


That was the original "Watergate" where a creek or something entered into the Potomac. Lots of the monument area was built on some swampy land and there was some drainage in that area.

Ah, William Holden, easy on the eyes.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 05, 2013 06:35PM

The venue that occupied the spot where the Kennedy Center now stands was Riverside Stadium. It was better known for sports events than for concerts, but both were held there. In 1939 it was enclosed and turned into a roller rink. I haven't seen the 1950 movie scene so I can't speak to that, but it couldn't have been filmed at this location at that time. Maybe it was filmed elsewhere and made to look like it was a Riverside Stadium before it was enclosed. There was nothing else of the same description nearby; north of the stadium along the river was a gas plant where the Watergate was later built, and south of this was the Lincoln Memorial. Below is an old fire map showing where the stadium sat. I've included two views: a close-up in which you can identify the stadium and a zoomed out view that shows where this was in relation to the river and other landmarks. Note also that across the street was the Heurich Brewery, another D.C. landmark that went away in the 1950s.
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Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 05, 2013 06:49PM

The old Heurich Brewery was torn down for the construction of the Kennedy Center. Go to the DC Historical Society -- located in Heurich's mansion, near DuPont Circle -- and find out about it.

In "Born Yesterday" they are sitting on some stairs, which might still be there with he Lincoln Memorial in the background. That's the Watergate that the apartments and hotel take their name from.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 05, 2013 06:58PM

OK, that would be the steps down by the Lincoln Memorial, which are still there. I've also heard those referred to as the original "Watergate." I don't know how you'd hold a concert there, though, because they lead down to the river and there's no place for a stage. I've heard those stairs were originally built with the idea of creating a place where dignitaries coming in by boat could be welcomed, although they were never used for that purpose.

Both the brewery and Riverside Stadium were on part of the site where the Kennedy Center now stands. Riverside Stadium was located directly west of the brewery, between the brewery building and the river bank.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: old ()
Date: June 05, 2013 07:00PM

anet Wrote:
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> Not Fairfax County but while we're on the subject
> of Rosslyn. Across the river where the Kennedy
> Center is now there used to be a outdoor concert
> area (sort of like Wolf Trap but smaller). If
> you've ever seen the 1950's movie "Born Yesterday"
> with Judy Holliday and William Holden, there's a
> scene where they attend a concert there. Does
> anybody know anything about the place?

I remember the concerts held there. I think the orchestras played on a barge and the audience sat on those steps that are still there. Or they rented canoes at Jack's Boathouse (under Key Bridge) and paddled down and listened in their canoes.

The advent of jet airliners operating out of National put the place out of business. Those early jet engines were MUCH noisier than modern ones.

The movie I remember that had a good scene shot at the concert shell was 1958's "Houseboat" with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Tidal Basin ()
Date: June 05, 2013 07:09PM

old Wrote:
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> anet Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Not Fairfax County but while we're on the
> subject
> > of Rosslyn. Across the river where the Kennedy
> > Center is now there used to be a outdoor
> concert
> > area (sort of like Wolf Trap but smaller). If
> > you've ever seen the 1950's movie "Born
> Yesterday"
> > with Judy Holliday and William Holden, there's
> a
> > scene where they attend a concert there. Does
> > anybody know anything about the place?
>
> I remember the concerts held there. I think the
> orchestras played on a barge and the audience sat
> on those steps that are still there. Or they
> rented canoes at Jack's Boathouse (under Key
> Bridge) and paddled down and listened in their
> canoes.
>
> The advent of jet airliners operating out of
> National put the place out of business. Those
> early jet engines were MUCH noisier than modern
> ones.
>
> The movie I remember that had a good scene shot at
> the concert shell was 1958's "Houseboat" with Cary
> Grant and Sophia Loren.

Your dating yourself
And me
Thanks....

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 05, 2013 07:14PM

Ah, now it makes sense.

While we're doing fire maps, here's one of Rosslyn. This one gives some clues relating to the pic posted by Gordon of Rosslyn with the brick building in the foreground. That building wasn't a forerunner to the Key Bridge Marriott. The original Marriott there, which was a "motor hotel" and not a tower, was located to the west of the Hot Shoppes, just out of that picture to the left. Instead, the brick building is identified with the words "Syrup Mfg." I don't know for sure, but my best guess is this might have had some connection to soft drink syrup for the plant that used to sit where the Marriott now is, which made Cherry Smash. The soft drink plant was gone by this time but it wouldn't be surprising if this leftover building still stood.

Lots of auto dealers there back then. And one of those buildings in the background look a lot like a Little Tavern to me.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 05, 2013 07:14PM

Re Watergate -- There would be a barge that was had a concert shell on it. It would park in front of the steps for the summer. I think some of the service bands and the summer NSO would play there. Before my time but my folks used to go there when they were dating for a cheap date.

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Date: June 05, 2013 08:55PM


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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Springfielder ()
Date: June 06, 2013 12:05AM

I love the Roller Rink pic! Thank you.

Attached is another pic of the Rosslyn Hot Shoppes in the 1930s.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Springfielder ()
Date: June 06, 2013 12:08AM

Key Bridge 1920s.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: anet ()
Date: June 06, 2013 08:23AM

Thanks everyone for the info on the concert area. It must have been a nice way to spend a summer evening.

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Date: June 06, 2013 08:34AM

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Date: June 06, 2013 08:35AM

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 06, 2013 10:45AM

I never saw a concert there, but I did roller skate at that rink. As I recall, the background music was a live organ player. From that memory I'd say that the acoustics were better than you might think when you hear the words "roller rink."

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 06, 2013 10:52AM

A picture of the Marriott Key Bridge Motor Hotel in its original incarnation.
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Thank you
Posted by: Statesmen81 ()
Date: June 06, 2013 12:30PM

I just wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to those of you contributing so much to this thread. It has become one of my daily haunts and I pass on interesting tidbits to my family when I get home.

I apologize for not being able to supply more than my memory of this and that. I have always been a terrible photographer. (Step 1...have camera...didn't)

Born in DC '64, moved around and settled in Tysons Corner late 1973.

Thanks again!

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Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 06, 2013 01:44PM

I won some tickets to see the Alice Cooper concert at the Roller Rink from Jack Daniels the dj at WEEL. My dad complained about having to drive me up to Fairfax City to pick them up since I was still in elementary school then. They don't let 11 year olds do that anymore.

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Posted by: JustanFYI ()
Date: June 06, 2013 09:19PM

Statesmen81 Wrote:
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> I just wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to
> those of you contributing so much to this thread.
> It has become one of my daily haunts and I pass on
> interesting tidbits to my family when I get home.
>
>
> I apologize for not being able to supply more than
> my memory of this and that. I have always been a
> terrible photographer. (Step 1...have
> camera...didn't)
>
> Born in DC '64, moved around and settled in Tysons
> Corner late 1973.
>
> Thanks again!


I have to agree - this thread is definitely a daily check-in for me. Probably one of the best threads on FFU.

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that other pic of this area a few pages back sooooooooo reminds me of that scene in the movie LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 07, 2013 08:36AM

Thread so awesome - me love it long time :)
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if anything, we've learned I seem to really like Rosslyn a lot LoLz
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 07, 2013 08:39AM

Blanche, Fart, Facebook, Burke, Holla, others too numerous to mentions: thank you ALL for all the knowledge and history you have shared - cause yeah, this is honestly awesome :)
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Re: that other pic of this area a few pages back sooooooooo reminds me of that scene in the movie LoLz
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: June 07, 2013 08:40AM

^^^^

Picture rocks. EDIT- Pic above next one up of Rosslyn.

My guess is late 60's because I see a Corvair and a Stang.

Holiday Inn looks the same, all the other buildings faces are obscured or lost in the crowd, some are gone.

Where are you pulling these from GB?



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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Jockko ()
Date: June 07, 2013 09:49AM

Steel Mill Dive got its name from Northern Virginia Steel Corporation which was at that location from the 50's thru 1990 or so.

It fabricated steel for a lot of the local builings/malls in the area.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Miss Havisham ()
Date: June 07, 2013 10:13AM

Thanks to all for making me feel like I'm not the only local who recalls how very different, interesting and fun it was to grow up in Fairfax County so long ago! Honestly, I look at these pictures with a mix of joy and sadness...we've lost so much character in the interest of development and progress.

I also wish I could build a time machine and plant myself in many of the scenes shown.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: anet ()
Date: June 07, 2013 10:22AM

Me too and I'm not even from here.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: blanche ()
Date: June 07, 2013 11:23AM

The church that was above the Esso/Exxon in Roslyn. Is it still there?

My cousin got married there in the 80s -- her marriage is long gone too.

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Just Another Old Fart ()
Date: June 07, 2013 03:22PM

This one? The gas station has changed from Exxon to Sunoco but the church is still there.
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
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Date: June 08, 2013 06:01AM


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Posted by: Ye Old Taco Truck ()
Date: June 08, 2013 07:46AM

Annandale Circa 2009
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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 08, 2013 07:56AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=h0h5dNDmP78

the roy rogers commercial starting at 1:45 is PRICELESS!!!

but the news story about the motorcycle pooperscooper is awesome bonus ;)

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 08, 2013 08:03AM

@kings - cool - thanks for that. and you obviously gave me an idea for my link LoLz

@wing - the interwebz is an AMAZING place.........................still stunned to this day what people put on it. protip: DO NOT PUT PICTURES UP ON THE INTERNET THINKING THAT THEY WILL BE PRIVATE!

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Re: Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: June 08, 2013 08:14AM

not too old a pic.................but kinda interesting since we are on the subject, I guess......... You get to see what's underneath LoLz
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Posted by: Sleepy Holla ()
Date: June 08, 2013 04:26PM

Another big thanks from ME to ALL of you who add info/memories/pics to the best thread (sooorry BOAD and M O'M--LoL) on FFXU. Let's keep it rollin'

All the sightseeing in Arlington is making me tired and hungry on our trip back home...Hey, This place looks nice, let's stop.
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Posted by: love me some roy's ()
Date: June 08, 2013 10:52PM

>>>>>G-Blvd
Because guessing is part of the fun of this thread, thinking your pic is the site of what used to be Orleans House.I don't dare guess, or really want to know, what the green ooze is.

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