Do you recognize the white building with columns in the right side of this photo?
It was taken by Frank Zaza in July 1973, and written on the back side are these words: "Downtown in the Buckingham district. Looking north on Glebe Road from near the intersection of Glebe with Piedmont Street. The traffic lights are at Pershing Road.” This brief yet informative description helped Center for Local History staff to identify this beloved Arlington landmark - the former Buckingham Theater - now the Buckinghams Stations Post Office.
With architectural columns and a stark-white exterior, The Buckingham Theatre opened in 1939, and quickly grew to become a recognizable feature along Glebe Road. The theater remained operational until its closure in 1986.
What about you? How do you identify your snapshots? In a digital world where photographic prints are not being as massively produced as they once were, how are you capturing the everyday stories, developmental changes, and histories of your community? How will you leave your mark for the next generation?
To learn more about Buckingham Theatre, Arlington’s diverse history, or to see more items like this one, visit us at the Center for Local History located on the 1st floor of Central Library.