If you thought each of these photos is of the same building, then you are correct!
The building was modeled after the Clarendon trolley station, constructed in 1904 and pictured here circa 1910. The trolley station stood opposite to 3211 Wilson Boulevard at North Washington and Clarendon Boulevard. Arlington‘s trolley stations ran throughout the County beginning in the 1890s up until the Great Depression when they were unable to compete with the rise of the automobile.
One way to trace Arlington’s history is through its development. The changing use of this building has paralleled Clarendon’s role for Arlington residents—as a place of utility in the mid-20th Century; utility and leisure in the late-20th Century; and leisure and socialization in the last 20 years.
Can you match the photos to the businesses, and put them in order by date?
- Murkey Coffee
- Northside Social
- Hurt Cleaners
- The Flea Market Store
- c. 1949
To see more items like these, or to learn more about Arlington's history, visit the Center for Local History on the first floor of the Central Library.
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