A Guide to the Gail Baker Collected Materials, 1938-2002 Baker, Gail, Collected Materials RG 346

A Guide to the Gail Baker Collected Materials, 1938-2002

A Collection in Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History

Collection number RG 346


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Heather Crocetto

Repository
Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History
Collection number
RG 346
Title
Gail Baker Collected Materials, 1938-2002
Extent
19 boxes.
Collector
Baker, Gail
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Gail Baker Collected Materials, Collection # RG 346, Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gail Baker between 1994 and 2018.

Biographical/Historical Information

Gail Baker was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. She grew up in Dominion Hills, attending McKinley Elementary School, Kenmore Middle School, and Washington-Lee High School. In 1994, Baker received a degree in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College. Baker served on the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board from 1986-1996, serving as chairman for her final two terms. She helped establish Arlington County's first preservation advocacy group, the Arlington Heritage Alliance, and served as Chairman from 1998-2000. Baker successfully lobbied for the Arlington County Board to institute a Neighborhood Historic District program leading to the designation of Maywood, the county's first multi-property, multi-owner historic district. She wrote numerous guides, outreach pamphlets, and articles on preservation and planned and ran preservation training workshops for Arlington's Architectural Review Board. In addition, Baker prepared successful National Register nominations for Carlin Hall, Fairlington, Holmes Run Acres, and Lost River General Store.

The Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) was created under the Zoning Ordinance in 1976 to advise the Arlington County Board on historic preservation matters. HALRB consists of a 15-member board appointed for four-year terms by the Arlington County Board. The board nominates properties for local and national historic designation and reviews construction and development plans for locally designated Arlington historic districts.

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)was created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) and is the United States' official list of buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. Designation to the NRHP is evaluated under four categories of historical significance: event, person, architecture, and information potential-the majority of properties are considered significant under one or more of the first three categories. Designation on the National Register does not legally protect a site, but it does provide property owners tax incentives and the opportunity to apply for various grants. As of October 2018, Arlington County has 65 properties listed on the National Register.

Scope and Content

RG 346 is a collection of Gail Baker's papers relating to her activities with the Arlington County preservation community. Materials date 1938-2002, with the bulk of the materials dating 1980-2000. The collection is 15.22 linear feet, not including oversize material.

Series 1 holds materials related to historical buildings in Arlington County. These materials include newspaper articles, historical maps and research, and HALRB official documentation and correspondence. Some files in this collection hold only one or two items, while others contain a swath of materials. Files on Arna Valley, Brown-Crossman, Doubleday, Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church, and Walker Chapel contain photographs.

In addition to Historic Landmark and National Register official forms and correspondence, Subseries 1, Carlin Hall, holds photographs and photo negatives of Carlin Hall, as well as extensive research into the history of Carlin Hall. Gail Baker researched and wrote the National Register nomination for Carlin Hall as part of a preservation course at Mary Washington University (then Mary Washington College), which likely accounts for the expanded records on Carlin Hall in comparison to the other historical buildings in this collection, which are found in Subseries 2, Other Historic Buildings.

Series 2 holds materials related to two historic districts: Columbia Pike and Buckingham Village. Subseries 1, Columbia Pike primarily holds studies of the district and revitalization plans, while Subseries 2, Buckingham Village primarily holds correspondence about renovation plans and architectural plans.

Series 3, Historical Sites Surveys and Reports contains surveys and reports on various Arlington County neighborhoods and historic sites. The surveys and reports relate to the land use, history, and archeology of the sites.

Series 4, County Development and Preservation Plans contains surveys and reports on County-wide development plans and initiatives. The reports either originate from an official Arlington County office or a County Task Force. Most materials in this series relate to County development projects and reports, but two County-wide preservation plans are also included.

Series 5, Administrative Materials and Regulations, contains a wide variety of materials related to the Historic Landmark Review Board's work. There are materials that relate to HALRB's outreach including events and pamphlets, as well as materials related to policies that affect historic preservation efforts such as zoning codes and demolition penalties. This series holds HALRB Annual Reports between 1986 and 1992, as well as materials related to the organizations budget, by-laws, and hiring. File 27, Photographic Records of Development Sites, 1985, 1988-1990, does not contain any photographs. Instead, the file holds Arlington County correspondence regarding County photo-documentation of development sites. File 12 contains a photo from the National Historic Preservation Week and a photo from the Boundary Stones Proclamation and File 15 contains three photographs of garden apartments form across the County.

Series 6, Newspapers, contains various newspaper clippings related to preservation and history in Arlington County. There are a few clippings on preservation and history in surrounding areas, as well. Series 7, Neighborhood Historic District Program, contains Neighborhood Historic District documentation.

Series 8, Robert McAtee Research, contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and articles related to Robert McAtee's research into Arlington's history and particularly his research on Maywood and Cherrydale. These materials were given to Gail Baker by Robert McAtee for her own research.

Arrangement

This collection has five series, with the first two series each split into two subseries. Series 1 holds materials related to historical buildings in Arlington County. Subseries 1, Carlin Hall, is arranged chronologically with undated material at the end arranged by subject matter. All folder titles were created by the archivist. Subseries 2, Other Historic Buildings, is arranged alphabetically and labeled in the manner it was received; portions of folder titles in brackets ([]) have been added by the archivist for clarification.

Series 2, Historical Districts and Neighborhoods, is split into two subseries: Subseries 1, Columbia Pike, and Subseries 2, Buckingham Village. Both are arranged chronologically and any folders labeled by Gail Baker are put into quotes (""); otherwise, the archivist created folder titles for this series.

Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by folder title and Series 4 is arranged chronologically. Folder titles in these series were created by the archivist; folders labeled by Gail Baker are put into quotes (""). Series 5 is arranged alphabetically, and folders are labeled in the manner they were received; portions of folder titles in brackets ([]) and dates after the comma have been added by the archivist for clarification.

Series 6-8 are arranged based on original folder structure. Folders labeled by Gail Baker are put into quotes (""); otherwise, the archivist created folder titles for these series.

There are oversized materials in this collection, which have been moved to appropriate housing. Separation sheets have been added to mark their original placement. An asterisk (*) at the end of the folder title denotes oversize materials found in this location.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Arlington (Va.)
  • Arlington County (Va.)
  • Historic buildings
  • Neighborhoods -- United States.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Arlington (Va.)
  • Arlington County (Va.)

Contents List

Series 1: Historical Buildings
  • Subseries 1: Carlin Hall
    • Box 1
      File 1: Carlin Hall HALRB Certificate of Appropriateness, 1979
    • Box 1
      File 2: Carlin Hall Virginia Historic Landmark Commission Survey Form, 1980
    • Box 1
      File 3: Carlin Hall NRHP Registration Form, 1991-1992
    • Box 1
      File 4: Carlin Hall Correspondence, 1991-1993
    • Box 1
      File 5: Carlin Hall Park, 1986, 1993-1994, 2000 *
    • Box 1
      File 6: Carlin Hall Field Notes, 1992
    • Box 1
      File 7: Mary Washington College Course, 1992
    • Box 1
      File 8: Newspaper Articles, 1993
    • Box 1
      File 9: Carlin Hall Research (1)
    • Box 1
      File 10: Carlin Hall Research (2)
    • Box 1
      File 11: Rsearch Notes
    • Box 1
      File 12: Gail Baker's Carlin Hall Scholarship
    • Box 1
      File 13: Carlin Hall Photographs
    • Box 1
      File 14: Carlin Hall Negatives
    • Box 2
      File 15: Carlin Slides
  • Subseries 2: Other Historic Buildings
    • Box 2
      File 1: Alcova
    • Box 2
      File 2: Arlington Boulevard/Route 50
    • Box 2
      File 3: Arlington Cemetery
    • Box 2
      File 4: Arlington Forest
    • Box 2
      File 5: Arlington Hall
    • Box 2
      File 6: Arlington House
    • Box 2
      File 7: Arlington Post Office*
    • Box 2
      File 8: Arlington Village
    • Box 2
      File 9: Arna Valley
    • Box 2
      File 10: Ashton Heights
    • Box 2
      File 11: Aurora Highlands (Addison Heights)
    • Box 2
      File 12: Babcock House
    • Box 2
      File 13: Ball Cemetery
    • Box 2
      File 14: Ball-Sellers House
    • Box 3
      File 15: Barcroft Community House*
    • Box 3
      File 16: Barcroft National Register Nomination
    • Box 3
      File 17: Barcroft Apartments
    • Box 3
      File 18: Bluemont
    • Box 3
      File 19: Boundary Stones
    • Box 3
      File 20: Brandymore Castle
    • Box 3
      File 21: Broadview/Lacey House, 5151 14th St. N.
    • Box 3
      File 22: Brown-Crossman House
    • Box 3
      File 23: Brumback Houses
    • Box 3
      File 24: Buckingham
    • Box 3
      File 25: Byrne House, 2431 N. Underwood
    • Box 3
      File 26: Calvert Manor
    • Box 3
      File 27: Mary Carlin House
    • Box 3
      File 28: Chain Bridge
    • Box 3
      File 29: Cherrydale
    • Box 3
      File 30: Cherrydale Fire Department
    • Box 3
      File 31: Civil War Trails
    • Box 3
      File 32: Clarendon Ballroom
    • Box 4
      File 33: Clarendon Citizens' Hall
    • Box 4
      File 34: Court House Row
    • Box 4
      File 35: Courtlands (N. Danville)
    • Box 4
      File 36: Crossman-Grey
    • Box 4
      File 37: Custis Estate
    • Box 4
      File 38: Custis Parkway
    • Box 4
      File 39: Dawson Bailey House
    • Box 4
      File 40: Charles Drew House
    • Box 4
      File 41: Dominion Hills
    • Box 4
      File 42: Doubleday [The Cedars]
    • Box 4
      File 43: [Paul Laurence] Dunbar [Mutual] Homes [Association]
    • Box 4
      File 44: Dundee, 3731 N. Glebe Rd.
    • Box 4
      File 45: East Falls Church
    • Box 4
      File 46: Eastman-Fenwick House
    • Box 4
      File 47: Fillmore Gardens
    • Box 4
      File 48: Fort Myer
    • Box 4
      File 49: Fostoria
    • Box 5
      File 50: Freedman's Village
    • Box 5
      File 51: Gamble House
    • Box 5
      File 52: Garden Apartments
    • Box 5
      File 53: Glebe House (1)
    • Box 5
      File 54: Glebe House (2)
    • Box 5
      File 55: Glencarlyn
    • Box 5
      File 56: Glenayr Apartments
    • Box 5
      File 57: Glenmore
    • Box 5
      File 58: Harry Gray House
    • Box 5
      File 59: Gray Property, 2146 N. Courthouse Rd.
    • Box 5
      File 60: Greathouse Tract
    • Box 5
      File 61: Basil Hall House, 1700 N. George Mason Dr.
    • Box 5
      File 62: Highview Park (Hall's Hill)
    • Box 5
      File 63: Hume Schoool - Arlington History Museum
    • Box 5
      File 64: I-66
    • Box 5
      File 65: Iwo Jima
    • Box 5
      File 66: Jacobs Tract/Bayeva Castle
    • Box 5
      File 67: Jefferson Davis Corridor
    • Box 5
      File 68: Dan Kain Building
    • Box 6
      File 69: Key Bridge
    • Box 6
      File 70: Kirby-Witman
    • Box 6
      File 71: Kirby's Garage
    • Box 6
      File 72: Lane House (Large Lot Survey)
    • Box 6
      File 73: Large Lot Survey
    • Box 6
      File 74: Lee Gardens
    • Box 6
      File 75: Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church *
    • Box 6
      File 76: Luna Park, Elephants
    • Box 6
      File 77: Lustron Houses
    • Box 6
      File 78: Lyon Park
    • Box 6
      File 79: Lyon Village
    • Box 6
      File 80: Maury School (1)*
    • Box 6
      File 81: Maury School (2)
    • Box 6
      File 82: McCreary House, 2231 N. Military Rd.
    • Box 6
      File 83: Missionhurst
    • Box 6
      File 84: Charles E. Morris House, 4464 N. Old Glebe Rd.
    • Box 6
      File 85: Mount Zion Baptist Church
    • Box 7
      File 86: Munson House
    • Box 7
      File 87: National Airport
    • Box 7
      File 88: North Highlands
    • Box 7
      File 89: Palisades
    • Box 7
      File 90: Parkfairfax
    • Box 7
      File 91: Penrose
    • Box 7
      File 92: Powhatan Springs
    • Box 7
      File 93: Radio Towers
    • Box 7
      File 94: Reevesland, 400 N. Manchester
    • Box 7
      File 95: Ridgecrest
    • Box 7
      File 96: Ristorante Michelangelo (Old Dominion Bank)
    • Box 7
      File 97: Rixey Mansion
    • Box 7
      File 98: Rosemont National Register Nomination
    • Box 7
      File 99: Rosslyn
    • Box 7
      File 100: Rosslyn Marker
    • Box 7
      File 101: J. Saegmuller House
    • Box 7
      File 102: St. George's Church
    • Box 7
      File 103: Schools
    • Box 7
      File 104: Shirlington
    • Box 7
      File 105: Stoneburner House, 6113 Lee Highway
    • Box 7
      File 106: Stratford [Junior High School]*
    • Box 7
      File 107: Travers Family Graveyard, S. Monroe St. Cemetery
    • Box 8
      File 108: Trolley Barn
    • Box 8
      File 109: Walker Cabin
    • Box 8
      File 110: Walker Chapel
    • Box 8
      File 111: Westmont Shopping Center
    • Box 8
      File 112: William Willis House, 2801 N. Arizona St.
    • Box 8
      File 113: Wilson Blvd. Park *
Series 2: Historical Districts and Neighborhoods
  • Subseries 1: Columbia Pike
    • Box 8
      File 1: Columbia Pike Commercial Corridor Study, 1985 *
    • Box 8
      File 2: Land Use and Zoning Study Draft, June 1986
    • Box 8
      File 3: Columbia Pike 2000, June 1986
    • Box 8
      File 4: Columbia Pike 2000 Executive Summary, June 1988
    • Box 8
      File 5: Columbia Pike History 1988 , n.d.
    • Box 8
      File 6: Correspondence, 1986-2001
    • Box 8
      File 7: Columbia Pike: A Vision for the Future, 1998
    • Box 8
      File 8: "Columbia Pike Revitalization" Public Outreach, 1987, 2000-2002
    • Box 8
      File 9: Columbia Pike Initiative, June 2001
    • Box 9
      File 10: Columbia Pike Revitalization Plan, 2002 *
    • Box 9
      File 11: Columbia Pike HALRB, 2002
    • Box 9
      File 12: Columbia Pike Revitalization District Form-Based Code, November 2002 *
    • Box 9
      File 13: Newspaper Clippings
  • Subseries 2: Buckingham Village
    • Box 9
      File 1: "Buckingham 1985-1991," 1938-1940, 1948, 1958, 1968, 1985-1986
    • Box 9
      File 2: "Buckingham 1985-1991," 1985-1990
    • Box 9
      File 3: "Buckingham 1985-1991," January - June 19191
    • Box 9
      File 4: "Buckingham 1985-1991," July 1991
    • Box 9
      File 5: "Buckingham 1985-1991," August - October 1991
    • Box 9
      File 6: "Buckingham 1985-1991," Demographic Survey, December 23, 1991
    • Box 9
      File 7: "Buckingham Safeway," 1990-1991
    • Box 10
      File 8: "Buckingham - National Register/PIF," 1991
    • Box 10
      File 9: "Buckingham," 1991-1992
    • Box 10
      File 10: Buckingham, 1992 (1)
    • Box 10
      File 11: Buckingham, 1992 (2)
    • Box 10
      File 12: Buckingham, 1993 (1)
    • Box 10
      File 13: Buckingham, 1993 (2)
    • Box 10
      File 14: Buckingham Historic District Guidelines, June 1993
    • Box 11
      File 15: Buckingham, 1994
    • Box 11
      File 16: HALRB Buckingham Historic District Guidelines and Review, November 1994
    • Box 11
      File 17: Paradigm Development Company Certificate of Appropriateness, March 1995 (1)*
    • Box 11
      File 18: Paradigm Development Company Certificate of Appropriateness, March 1995 (2)
    • Box 11
      File 19: Buckingham, March - May 1995 *
    • Box 11
      File 20: Buckingham, June - August 1995 *
    • Box 11
      File 21: Buckingham, September - December 1995
    • Box 11
      File 22: Paradigm Buckingham Appeal, 1995
    • Box 12
      File 23: Buckingham, 1996
    • Box 12
      File 24: Village 3 Rehabilitation Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Series 3: Historical Sites Surveys and Reports
  • Box 12
    File 1: Abingdon Plantation and Washington National Airport, 1988, 1989
  • Box 12
    File 2: Arlington Arts Center Schematic Design, 1990-1991
  • Box 12
    File 3: Clarendon, 1988-1989
  • Box 12
    File 4: Cherrydale Hardware Store and Cherrydale Masonic Lodge Building, 1988
  • Box 12
    File 5: Crystal City, 1989
  • Box 12
    File 6: East Falls Church, 1984, 1987
  • Box 12
    File 7: Fairlington-Shirlington, 1987
  • Box 13
    File 8: Four Mile Run Bus Garage, 1992
  • Box 13
    File 9: George Washington Memorial Parkway, 1990
  • Box 13
    File 10: Lee Highway, 1989
  • Box 13
    File 11: Lee Highway Cherrydale Revitalization Plan, May 1992
  • Box 13
    File 12: Lee Highway Cherrydale Revitalization Plan, April 1994
  • Box 13
    File 13: Potomac Palisades, 1990, 1992
  • Box 13
    File 14: Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Review, 1988-1989, 2001 *
  • Box 13
    File 15: School Historic District Survey, 1992
Series 4: County Development and Preservation Plans
  • Box 14
    File 1: Preservation Plan for Arlington County, 1983, 1984
  • Box 14
    File 2: Development in the Metro Corridors, 1985
  • Box 14
    File 3: Task Force on Housing and Neighborhoods Report, 1986
  • Box 14
    File 4: Task Force on the Development Process, 1987, 1988
  • Box 14
    File 5: Comprehensive Community Improvement Program, 1989
  • Box 14
    File 6: Open Space Task Force, 1989-1994, 2002
  • Box 14
    File 7: 1990 Open Space Report and 1994 Open Space Master Plan
  • Box 14
    File 8: Phase One Architectural Survey Report, 1996
  • Box 14
    File 9: Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee Reports, 1998, 2000
  • Box 14
    File 10: "Virginia Square Sector Plan," 2003
Series 5: Administrative Materials and Regulations
  • Box 14
    File 1: Arlington Zoning Code Amendment 31A, 1993
  • Box 14
    File 2: Bicentennial Commission, 1976, 2000-2001
  • Box 14
    File 3: Budget, 1986-2002
  • Box 15
    File 4: [Historic] Burial Regs. [Regulations], 1991, 1993
  • Box 15
    File 5: Business Relocation Study, 1987-1989
  • Box 15
    File 6: By-Laws - HARLB, 1988-1995
  • Box 15
    File 7: CLG [Certified Local Government], 1986-1994
  • Box 15
    File 8: Conflict of Interest/Financial Disclosure/Advisory Group Policies, 1991-1994
  • Box 15
    File 9: Correspondence (Misc.), 1988-1995
  • Box 15
    File 10: Demolition Penalty, 1990-1991
  • Box 15
    File 11: Development Moratorium, 1988-1989
  • Box 15
    File 12: Events: County Fair, Annual Training, 1988-1995
  • Box 15
    File 13: [HALRB Annual Reports, 1986-1992]
  • Box 16
    File 14: HALRB Pamphlets, 1991 , n.d.
  • Box 16
    File 15: Fair Exhibit HALRB, 1992-1993 *
  • Box 16
    File 16: Governor's Commission, 1987-1989
  • Box 16
    File 17: ISTEA [Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act], 1992-1993
  • Box 16
    File 18: Design Awards, 1999-2002
  • Box 16
    File 19: Land Trust, 2000-2002
  • Box 16
    File 20: Library Records
  • Box 16
    File 21: List of Historic Districts and Inventory*
  • Box 16
    File 22: Markers and Plaques, 1988-1994, 2000
  • Box 16
    File 23: Master CoA [Certificate of Appropriateness], 1992
  • Box 16
    File 24: Metal Detectors 1991
  • Box 16
    File 25: [HALRB] Motto, Eisenberg [Speech], 1987
  • Box 16
    File 26: Naming Policy, 1971, 1988, 2001
  • Box 16
    File 27: Photographic Records of Development Sites, 1985, 1988-1990
  • Box 16
    File 28: Researching House Histories
  • Box 16
    File 29: Resumes, 1986-1993
  • Box 16
    File 30: Section 31A, amended 1990, 1991
  • Box 17
    File 31: [NHPA] Section 106, 1999
  • Box 17
    File 32: Site Plan [Regulation], 1986
  • Box 17
    File 33: State Grants, 2000
  • Box 17
    File 34: Subdivision Ordinance, 1989-1994
  • Box 17
    File 35: Tax Relief/Incentives, 1979, 1986-1994, 1998, 2000-2001
  • Box 17
    File 36: Utility Undergrounding in Historic Districts, 1991
  • Box 17
    File 37: VDOT Memo of Understanding, 1990-1991
  • Box 17
    File 38: Work Program, 1988-1998
  • Box 17
    File 39: 100 Important Historic Sites List, 2001
Series 6: Newspaper Articles
  • Box 17
    File 1: "Neighborhood Sun Series - 1955 "
  • Box 17
    File 2: "Sun Gazette 2001 Bicentennial Series"
  • Box 17
    File 3: Miscellaneous Articles (1)
  • Box 18
    File 4: Miscellaneous Articles (2)
  • Box 18
    File 5: Miscellaneous Articles (3)
  • Box 18
    File 6: Miscellaneous Articles (4)
Series 7: Neighborhood Historic District Program
  • Box 18
    File 1: NHDs (1)
  • Box 18
    File 2: NHDs (2)
Series 8: Robert McAtee Research
  • Box 19
    File 1: McAtee(1)
  • Box 19
    File 2: McAtee(2)
  • Box 19
    File 3: McAtee(3)
  • Box 19
    File 4: McAtee(4)
  • Box 19
    File 5: McAtee(5)
  • Box 19
    File 6: McAtee(6)