My interest in Robinson began while researching a couple of public schools built in Northern Virginia in the early 20th century. This period is significant for the state's commitment to finally invest in public education, at least with regard to white students.
Once I became aware of Robinson's work and Charles M. Robinson: A Virginia Architectural History, I wondered how many of the schools he built around here are still standing. Now when I see an older school, I try to determine whether it's one of his. The schools below are ones he designed or could be attributed to him.
Bailey's Crossroads School Constructed around 1921 and demolished around 1972.
|Bailey's Campus of George Mason College, 1963|
Courtesy Richard Sparks Collection of George Mason University Special Collections & Archives
Herndon High Constructed in 1910-11, burned and rebuilt in 1920s, and with multiple additions, unlikely that any of the original structure exists.
|Herndon High around 1912|
Courtesy J. Berkley Green Collection of the Herndon Historical Society
Lucketts School Constructed in 1913 and now serves as the Lucketts Community Center.
|Lucketts Community Center around 2008|
Courtesy Loudoun County
Matthew F. Maury School Originally constructed as the Clarendon School in 1910 and renamed for Matthew Fontaine Maury in the 1920s, now serves as the Arlington Arts Center.
|Matthew F. Maury School, about 1930|
Courtesy Arlington Library
Prince Street School Originally constructed as the Lee School for Girls in 1908-09, it was renamed the Prince Street School and now serves as Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center.
|Lee School for Girls around 1911|
Courtesy Alexandria Library Special Collections
West End School Constructed in 1908 and demolished in the mid-1930s.
|West End School, about 1925|
Courtesy George Washington Masonic Memorial
Wilson School Originally constructed as the Fort Myer Heights School in 1909-10, it was renamed for Woodrow Wilson in 1925 and today is home to the Mongolian School.
|Fort Myer Heights School under construction around 1909-10|
Courtesy Arlington Public Library