Saturday, July 29, 2017

Demolition of Arlington Presbyterian Church / Gilliam Place groundbreaking

The Arlington Presbyterian Church has sold its property at 3507 Columbia Pike to APAH (The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing). The church building is being demolished, and a new mixed affordable 173-unit housing project will be constructed. According to APAH's website, the congregation "selected the name Gilliam Place to honor Ronda Gilliam (1906-1970), a church elder who was a steward and visionary in the community." The project is expected to be completed in 2019, and will include eleven apartments designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Elements of the long-standing elegant stone church will be incorporated into the new structure. 

County elected officials Katie Cristol, Christian Dorsey, Virginia delegate Alfonso Lopez, church officers and members, Rev. David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners, Capitol One, the Virginia Housing Development Authority, APAH director Nina Janopaul, and others prayed, spoke, and attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

A photograph of the church as it had previously long existed on the Pike can be seen on this CPDP blog post:


Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Community Mapping team / League of Learners / Patrick Henry School

These four students were part of a team that interviewed a number of notable and long-term residents of the Columbia Pike community as part of Mr. Nathan Erwin's  Community Mapping Project. CPDP photographer Lloyd Wolf led the students in learning documentary photo techniques, and was also interviewed by the bright and lively group pictured. They are all 3rd grade students at Patrick Henry School. Their final work was presented to the Arlington County School Board.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Columbia Pike Blues Festival 2017

This year's Columbia Pike Blues Festival featured a number of local and nationally-known blues artists, including the Sol Roots band, Jonny Grave, Full Power Blues Band (pictured), Rufus Roundtree  and the B'more Brass Factory, and was headlined by two-time Grammy winner Bettye LaVette.  Also featured was Katherine E. Young, the Poet Laureate of Arlington, reading a piece she has written about Columbia Pike.

Thanks to the festival (and our!) sponsor, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO), especially Cecilia Cassidy and Amy McWilliams, for their hard work in bringing this annual cultural event to our community.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.