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Ashton Heights to Celebrate 90th Anniversary With House Tour

by ARLnow.com May 12, 2011 at 10:42 am 2,707 4 Comments

The annual Lyon Park-Ashton Heights house tour will be held this weekend.

This year’s event will mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of Ashton Heights. The tour will feature homes built between 1904 and 2009. Along the way there will be antique cars, retro costumes, old documents and demonstrations of green technology.

The tour will take place on Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Here’s how organizers are describing it:

Ninety years after real estate developer Ashton Jones created the subdivision he named after himself and appealed to Washingtonians to move to one of the first commuter neighborhoods in Arlington, the Ashton Heights Civic Association kicks off its anniversary celebration with the annual Lyon Park-Ashton Heights Villas & Vistas house tour showcasing the area’s history and charm.

This year’s Villas & Vistas house tour will celebrate Ashton Heights’ 90th anniversary with proceeds benefiting the renovation of the Lyon Park Community Center, a 1920s historic structure. The tour features twelve houses spanning 1904-2009, from bungalows to colonials, and the way residents have adapted them over nine decades through remodeling and green opportunities. Tour participants also will experience some fun vintage surprises–old cars, retro costumes, and original house documents–along the way.  Owners will be on hand to demonstrate aspects of green technology, display building materials, point out original details, describe renovation/design parameters, and share product information (as well as fascinating stories about former owners.)  A limited number of the Ashton Heights Style Guide, an illustrative how-to on planning additions to period houses, will be available.

See a list of homes on the tour here.

Other events being held this year in honor of Ashton Height’s 90th anniversary include a neighborhood picnic, lectures on neighborhood history and “a celebration of long-time residents.”

Courtesy photo

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Before my parents moved to Bluemont in 1961, they rented a house on First Road North between Irving and Jackson. I sometimes drive to Ashton Heights/Lyon Park on weekends and take my weekend walks through them; I like all the cool old houses in those neighborhoods. The house in the picture is one of my favorites. Thanks ARLNow for posting the pic!

  • TuesdaysChild

    Is this Jay’s royal garden that they are referencing? I hope so!

    “PLUS, a garden featured in Southern Living, antique cars, retro costumes, and more”

  • John

    What a great opportunity to tour one of Arlington’s most attractive neighborhoods. The early 20th century neighborhood boosters would be proud.

  • MC

    This is gentrification at its best. Older houses, many modest in size, now well loved, enjoyed by young families. Gardens that are well attended. Comparatively few “group” houses occupied by transient room renters, with some old couch on the porch. Hope that certain other older Arlington neighborhoods will emulate.


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