Aurora Highlands Historic District

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Aurora Highlands Historic District
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Aurora Highlands Historic District is located in District of Columbia
Aurora Highlands Historic District
Aurora Highlands Historic District is located in Virginia
Aurora Highlands Historic District
Aurora Highlands Historic District is located in the United States
Aurora Highlands Historic District
LocationBounded by 16th St. S., S. Eads St., 26th St. S., and S. Joyce St., Arlington, Virginia
Coordinates38°51′31″N 77°3′49″W / 38.85861°N 77.06361°W / 38.85861; -77.06361Coordinates: 38°51′31″N 77°3′49″W / 38.85861°N 77.06361°W / 38.85861; -77.06361
Area128.8 acres (52.1 ha)
Built1896 (1896)-1930
ArchitectMorrill, Milton Dana; et al.
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Colonial Revival, Italianate
MPSHistoric Residential Suburbs in the United States, 1830-1960 MPS
NRHP reference No.08001018[1]
VLR No.000-9706
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 22, 2008
Designated VLRMarch 20, 2008[2]

The Aurora Highlands Historic District is a national historic district located at Arlington County, Virginia. It contains 624 contributing buildings, 2 contributing sites, and 1 contributing structure in a residential neighborhood in South Arlington. Aurora Highlands was formed by the integration of three subdivisions platted between 1896 and 1930, with improvements in the form of modest single-family residences. The district is characterized by single family dwellings with a number of twin dwellings and duplexes, three churches, a rectory, two schools, two landscaped parks, and commercial buildings. The oldest dwelling is associated with “Sunnydale Farm” and is a Greek Revival-style dwelling built about 1870. The predominant architectural style represented is Colonial Revival.[3]

In the early 1970s, spillover commuter parking in Aurora Highlands by workers at the adjacent Crystal City complex led the county to establish the first residential zoned parking in the U.S. with the goal of reducing air pollution and protecting the neighborhood character as well as its quality of life. A lawsuit was filed to block it as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs prevailed in trial court and then on appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, which held it unconstitutional since it granted residents of the permit zone greater rights over the public streets than their neighbors outside of it.[4] The county appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which reversed the lower courts in Arlington County Board v. Richards, holding that discrimination based on residency alone was not unconstitutional if it rationally furthered a legitimate state interest such as those embraced by the ordinance.[5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  3. ^ Saleh Van Erem; Laura Trieschmann; Jeanne Barnes; Elizabeth Breiseth; Paul Weishar & Christina Hiett (May 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Aurora Highlands Historic District" (PDF). and Accompanying four photos and Accompanying map Archived 2012-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Richards v. County Board of Arlington County, 231 S.E.2d 231 (Va. 1977).
  5. ^ Richards v. Arlington County Board, 434 U.S. 5 (1977).

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