One of the many Garden Complexesin the Buckingham Neighborhood
The Buckingham Community Civic Association is bordered by a patch-work of streets in North Arlington . Arlington Boulevard and North Glebe Road make up the south and east sides of the neighborhood. North Carlin Springs Road is the northern boundary. The western border heads south down North Park Drive from North Carlin Springs then along North George Mason Drive to North Henderson Road which connects with Arlington Boulevard. The Buckingham neighborhood offers some of the most diverse housing options in Arlington , which include apartments (both market rate and affordable units), condominiums, and single family homes. Residents of the Buckingham neighborhood have easy access to Ballston Common Mall and the Buckingham Shopping Center , both of which offer excellent shopping and restaurants. It is an ideal walking community and those that live in the neighborhood can access all the conveniences of modern day life without using their car.
Buckingham Garden Complex
In 1935, Allie S. Freed, Clarence Stein and Henry Wright founded a company that they named Paramount Communities, Inc. Freed, the company's president, was the owner of Paramount Motors Corporation (a taxi manufacturer), the chairman of the influential Committee for Economic Recovery and an associate of President Roosevelt. Stein, a developer of several residential communities throughout the nation, served as general manager. Wright, a well-known proponent of the Garden City movement, served as the company's planner and architect. In December 1936, Paramount began construction of the Buckingham garden apartment complex through a subsidiary named Buckingham Community, Inc. Market-rate loans from the New Deal's Federal Housing Authority financed much of the Buckingham Community's development. On November 27, 1937, Eleanor Roosevelt (the nation's First Lady) visited the growing garden apartment complex. She recorded her impressions of the project in her daily “My Day” column, stating, "It is a delightful development ... well planned .... gives one a feeling that there is a possibility of doing many things on a community basis that would make life easier for the individual family." Utilizing assembly line methods that Allie Freed had developed at Paramount Motors, the first units of the 1200-unit Buckingham Community opened during 1937. The nationally and locally recognized historic garden apartments constructed between 1937 and 1953 as part of the original Buckingham community occupies a significant percentage of the present Buckingham neighborhood.
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