Court House, Arlington, Virginia

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Court House, Arlington, Virginia
Clarendon-courthouse 03.jpg
Court House, Arlington, Virginia is located in Virginia
Court House, Arlington, Virginia
Court House, Arlington, Virginia
Location of Court House
Coordinates: 38°53′30″N 77°05′02″W / 38.891611°N 77.083917°W / 38.891611; -77.083917Coordinates: 38°53′30″N 77°05′02″W / 38.891611°N 77.083917°W / 38.891611; -77.083917
Country United States of America
State Virginia
County Arlington
United States and Virginia flags flying at half-staff on 9/11/2002 at the Arlington County, Virginia, courthouse complex
The In Valor There is Hope memorial, which is outside of the main entrance of the courthouse.

Court House, also known as Courthouse, is a transit-oriented neighborhood[1] in Arlington County, Virginia. It is centered around the Court House station on the Orange Line and the Silver Line of the Washington Metro.

Although Arlington is so geographically small that it does not have component towns or cities, the Courthouse neighborhood is sometimes referred to as county seat, as it is home to the primary county government administrative complex as well as a justice center consisting of a jail, courthouse and police HQ. Indeed, the neighborhood gets its name from the governmental uses that call it home.

The neighborhood consists of high-rise residential and business buildings including offices of PAE and an 8-screen AMC movie theater. It is home to more than 25 bars and restaurants, ranging from informal lunch take-out spots, to a venue for local bands, to upscale Latin and Thai evening establishments.

Courthouse also features one of the first garden-style apartments complexes built in the United States. Built in the 1930s,[2] Colonial Village consists of private condos, co-op housing, and apartments for rent and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Fort Woodbury once stood near the site of the current Arlington County Courthouse (14th St. N. at N. Courthouse Rd.), atop one of the highest hills in Arlington. It was part of the "Arlington Line" of fortifications built after the Union seized the area in May 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War. The fort was named for Major D.P. Woodbury, the engineer who designed and constructed the Arlington Line.[4] Woodbury Heights, a high-rise condominium that sits on the Fort Woodbury site, was constructed in the 1980s and is named in honor of the fort.

As with many neighborhoods in central Arlington, the exact boundaries of the Courthouse neighborhood are unclear. Arlington County's Court House Sector Plan includes the area bounded by Wilson Boulevard, Cleveland Street, Fairfax Drive, Arlington Boulevard and Courthouse Road. The Clarendon-Courthouse Civic Association has similar boundaries. However, an argument can be made to extend the Courthouse neighborhood to lie between the midpoint of the locations of the Court House and Clarendon Metro stations and the midpoint of the Court House and Rosslyn Stations -- which would be Danville and Rhodes Streets, respectively.


  1. ^ "Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor". Arlington County Government. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Neighborhoods, boundary stones, and roadways". Arlington Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - VIRGINIA (VA), Arlington County". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  4. ^ "Arlington (Va.) Historical Society | Historic Sites and Properties: Military Use". 2001-09-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-10-04.

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