New Ballston Building Uses Old Bob Peck Style


The work of mid-century American architect Anthony Musolino was at its finest in the Ballston dealership of Bob Peck. Built in 1964, very possibly at the height of Chevrolet as a company, the modern angles and shapes of the dealer were iconic. It was demolished in 2003 as part of the revitalization at the confluence of Wilson and Glebe in the heart of Arlington. While I never came to love those angles like some did, I certainly understand how iconic they were.

Interestingly enough, those same diamond patterns of the showroom’s roof will now be part of the Cooper Carey designed building at the same site. The towering glass office building will carry the same diamond pattern at the entrance. Beautiful appropriation of an iconic design.

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2 thoughts on “New Ballston Building Uses Old Bob Peck Style

  1. nitpicking and all but the bob peck chevrolet still existed in 2003. the article you cited is from 2006, i believe it was razed in 2008.

    glad to see they are at least preserving the idea. that was a really cool building, i thought it would have made an awesome club or restaurant, maybe a store.