Peck Chevrolet

Peck Chevrolet (HM182A)

Location: Arlington, VA 22203 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.83', W 77° 6.92'

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Bob Peck opened his first Chevrolet dealership in 1939 on Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon. In 1964, he moved the dealership west to Ballston to the very prominent corner of North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, 300 feet south of this marker. Taking advantage of the site's unique location and visibility, local architect Anthony Musolino designed a transparent circular showroom of glass and chrome, with a butterfly roofline whose frieze of diamond-shaped blue panels spelled out "Chevrolet." The building was an excellent example of Googie architecture, reflecting the era's prevailing interest in the future — space travel, nuclear energy, rockets — through the use of upward slanting and cantilevered roofs, geometric patterns, acute angles and large sheets of glass.

Musolino's design evoked thoughts of flight and movement, with its walls of transparent glass and a roof that appeared to float skyward. The transparent showroom was a living billboard. Motorists could see the chrome-trimmed vehicles from the street. Peck Chevrolet became a community icon and a landmark for motorists traveling to and through Arlington. The showroom's design is represented in the new diamond-shaped frieze of the office building now located at the former Bob Peck site.
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HM NumberHM182A
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Year Placed2012
Placed ByBowman Consulting
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 316512 N 4305642
Decimal Degrees38.88050000, -77.11533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.83', W 77° 6.92'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 49.80" N, 77° 6' 55.20" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 9th Street N, Arlington VA 22203, US
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