Hillwood Today

Hillwood Square remains largely as it was during the period 1942-1950. The only new construction which has taken place is the addition of porches or small extensions to some units. The feel of the neighborhood is quaint — like a walk back in time. It is a quiet neighborhood with tree-lined “walks.” There is a garden club and members still use the Victory Gardens for growing vegetables. One can still find members drying clothes on outdoor clothes lines — today that practice might be consider by younger generations to be “green.”

Hillwood Square is dedicated to providing reasonable cost, quality housing to residents by utilizing a cooperative model of housing. Most residents are low to moderate income households, though there are no upper-limit income restrictions to purchase a cooperative membership. Most residents are first-time home buyers. Many residents know each other and many extended families live within the development. Several current members grew up in Hillwood Square, and have returned and are now raising their own families here.

Historical Significance

We believe Hillwood Square meets Criterion E of the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites, embodying “distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction” (e.g. a unique example of World War II era public housing) and that it potentially meets both Criterion A, having “significant character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the County, State or Nation” (e.g. the development of public housing in support of the war effort) and Criterion F, “representing the work of a master craftsman, architect, designer or builder” (e.g. a unique example of a defense housing project designed by a noted local architect).

Application has not been made to either the State or National Register; we would prefer to first obtain the “historic nomination” designation by Fairfax County, and thus this application to nominate the property for the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites. We believe Hillwood Square to be a unique historic affordable housing resource that warrants that consideration.

A History of Hillwood Square

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