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Westover is an urban village bounded by North Lexington Street and 16th Street North to the north, North Jefferson Street to the east, I-66 to the South, and North McKinley Road to the west. The neighborhood is sited between the Ballston Metro Station and East Falls Church Station. Located in the 22205 zip code, Westover is bordered by the Waycroft-Woodlawn, Dominion Hills and Highland Park neighborhoods.

The area encompassing Westover began as agricultural acreage, first owned by Nicholas Febrey, one of Arlington’s major landholders and a local civic leader. In the 1890s, new communities clustered along electric railways servicing the area, and real estate developers subdivided land. The earliest homes in the area were built in a subdivision called Fostoria, developed in 1890. By 1907, the neighborhood was known as Highland Park.

Walter Reed Elementary School was constructed in 1938 on McKinley Road, originally a section of Febrey farmland.

Westover itself was plotted in 5 phases, and built between 1939 and 1957. The neighborhood’s creation, like many in the region, was influenced by the need for housing to accommodate an increasing federal workforce in Washington, D.C. and national housing reform. Like many new neighborhoods of the time, Westover benefitted from the newly available FHA mortgage option, which made affordable housing available to the working class.

Additions to the neighborhood followed, such as Keene’s Addition and Mason’s Addition. Also constructed during the late 1930’s to early 1940’s were Swanson Middle School and the Westover Shopping Center.

The Westover Historic District contains 383 contributing buildings and one contributing site. Westover Apartments, Westover Hills, Keene’s Addition to Westover, Westover Park, and Mason’s Addition to Westover. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Westover offers single family homes, twin houses, a number of duplexes, and garden-style apartment buildings. Detached homes were constructed in a variety of architectural styles typical in Arlington County, such as Colonial Revival, Craftsman/Bungalow, Cottage and Cape Cod. Its Colonial Revival-style homes were modeled from the FHA’s house designs published in Principles of Planning Small Houses. The five- and six-room houses vary by their orientation to the street, door surrounds and roof types.

Amenities in Westover Village include a weekly farmer’s market, Westover Park, and the Westover Branch Library.