The building at the heart of Arlington Road in Arlington, Virginia, has been in use since the mid-19th century and is the oldest surviving structure on the historic street in the United States.
Today, the building is home to a large restaurant, art gallery, and the city’s first public library, as well as a number of smaller businesses.
It’s a landmark of its time, but the original structure has been damaged by time and weather.
The Washington Post looked at how the Arlington Road facade has changed over time, and what the future holds for the landmark.
“It was always a building that was very big, and you could drive up from Washington, D.C., and you’d drive up to the corner of Arlington and you wouldn’t have to stop for a minute,” said Michael Biesecker, who manages the preservation group Archived Arlington Road.
“But, as the buildings grew, it became much smaller, and it was becoming less and less of a landmark.”
The road has been undergoing some changes in recent years, including the removal of traffic lights and the addition of street furniture.
But Bieselcker said that while the building’s historic value has been compromised, it’s still very much a part of Arlington’s fabric.
“There are a lot of people who love Arlington Road and want to see it preserved,” he said.
“And I think that’s a testament to the character of the building.”
Bieser said the Arlington Roads Heritage Advisory Committee, which is made up of Arlington County officials and residents, is considering a number options for the building.
Among those options are moving it to the city of Fairfax, which would remove the traffic lights, and putting it on a different street in Arlington.
But in the meantime, the archival group will be continuing to work to preserve the building, including restoring it to its original state, Biesner said.
The building was originally constructed as the Washington and Lee Streets, a series of three buildings designed by Robert Lee in 1882.
The buildings were completed in the late 1880s, and were intended to serve as a central thoroughfare for the city, and to be the site of a new courthouse.
“We wanted to give our city a sense of place, of a civic center, and a center for commerce, industry, education, and art,” said Anne M. Schatz, who oversees the preservation of Arlington Roads Historic Resources.
“The Washington and Lees were very much the hub of the city,” she said.
Arlington is also home to many other buildings in the area, including a large house and some of the earliest buildings of the District, such as the Arlington Park Cemetery and the Washington Monument.
In addition to being a historic landmark, the buildings have also served as the site for many other locales.
For example, the Archivist’s Office was located in the Arlington roadhouse and the library of the Washington & Lee College, where the Library of Congress is located.
The Arlington Road building was a part in a 1794 battle between Maryland and Virginia, when the Virginia Army Corps of Engineers built the first fort in Washington, DC, known as the Fort.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, a Confederate army was defeated at the Battle for the Potomac.
The battle ended the Union’s ability to maintain a permanent military presence in the Washington, the nation’s capital.
“I think the Arlington Avenue arch is one of the few places in the entire country where you can see the battlefield,” said Biesencker.
“Because of the arch, you can actually go up and see the whole of the battlefield.”
But while the Arlington roads building may be a symbol of the war that was fought in its aftermath, the city may also be the birthplace of some of its more recent buildings.
In the 1920s, the Arlington Public Library was built in the building as part of the development of the nearby Washington Avenue, which had been planned to be built in conjunction with the development at Washington and Montgomery streets.
“At the time, the community was growing and it needed a place to put books, so it was decided to build a library,” Bieset said.
But the building fell apart in the early 1970s, due to a lack of funding and funding was not forthcoming, he said, and by the time the city decided to restore the building to its former glory, the land had been cleared and the building was gone.
“As a result, the public library was destroyed,” Byset said, adding that the Arlington Memorial Park is now a community garden and the Arlington Street Bridge now serves as a bridge to connect the park to the nearby National Cemetery.
“That was a huge tragedy, and we were left with no other option than to take it down,” Briesecker said.
Biesedeker said that even though it may not be the building that makes Arlington Road stand out from the rest of the surrounding area, the architecture of the road still makes a significant impact on visitors to the area.