- County Board honors excellent example of Queen Anne architecture
- Protects charming Waycroft-Woodlawn home
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today designated Broadview, a residence in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood, as the 36th Arlington Historic District.
Broadview, built in 1881, is one of Arlington County’s best examples of Queen Anne-style architecture from the late-nineteenth century, with a prominent front-gable, wrap-around porch and a three-story tower. Robert Stinson Lacey, a decorated Civil War veteran and Arlington County civic leader, built Broadview as a farmhouse for one of the County’s largest market farms.
“Broadview is a testament to Arlington County’s architectural history and is an enduring example of an era long past,” said Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “It’s fitting that the man who built Broadview, Robert Stinson Lacey, was a civic leader in Arlington County – we’ve come full circle by now honoring his residence.”
The historic district designation and design guidelines will help preserve the house and property for future generations, while still allowing for additions, green-technology improvements, and other future alterations compatible with the existing historic dwelling.
The Board voted unanimously to designate Broadview as a local historic district. To view the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #22 on the Agenda for the Nov. 18 County Board Recessed Meeting.
The Broadview property, when Lacey owned it, spanned more than 220 acres. Today, the Broadview farmhouse sits on a less-than-1/3-acre parcel. While the original building consisted of a modest I-house form, the farmhouse underwent major expansions in the late-1800s after the arrival of Lacey’s widowed niece, Sallie Lacey Johnston, and her three children. Alterations to the house’s exterior have been limited in the last century.
After Lacey’s death in 1915, Broadview was home to a series of renters until John and Georgia Gerstein purchased the property in 1977 and rehabilitated the house. In 2011, the Gersteins sold Broadview to the current owners, Alex Deucher and Angela Guzman, who continue preservation efforts and sought the historic designation of their property.
About the Historic Preservation Program
The County’s Historic Preservation Program helps identify, preserve, and protect Arlington’s historic resources. Working with the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB), program staff researches sites for historic designation, surveys buildings and neighborhoods, and promotes preservation efforts and Arlington’s heritage throughout the community.
Learn more about Arlington County’s Historic Preservation efforts.