Robert E. Simon, Jr. papers, 1960-2006 #C0162
Robert E. Simon, Jr. papers, 1960-2006 #C0162
Robert E. Simon, Jr., is the man most responsible for the creation of Reston, Virginia. Born in New York City in 1914 and educated at Harvard, Simon took over the family real estate management and development business in 1935. In 1961, with the proceeds from the sale of a family property, Carnegie Hall, Simon purchased 6,750 acres of land in Fairfax County, Virginia, which would become Reston, Virginia. Reston is now recognized as the foremost Planned Community in the United States. Simon’s vision for Reston emphasized the quality of life for the individual in a community where people could live, work, and play. The collection consists of photographs, news clippings, promotional material and booklets relating to Reston. Also included are printed material, publications, scrapbooks, and Simon’s speeches and paperwork from various conferences he attended. Materials date from 1960 to 2006.
Robert E. Simon, Jr.
1960s - 2000s
Closing statement, Palindrome Corporation, Lefcourt Realty Corporation, and A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Document which details the closing on the sale of the Sunset Hills property on March 29, 1961 to Robert E. Simon, Jr.'s Palindrome Corporation. Details include participants, date, location, time, and terms of the sale. 6 pages.
Document which details the plans for the development project that is now known as Reston, Virginia, Included are: descriptions of: Reston's relationship to Northern Virginia, land use, schools, recreational and community amenities, roads, utilities,…
Photograph of Robert E. Simon, Jr. at the DeLong Bowman House. Simon is sitting at a desk and studying planning materials.
Press release of October 3, 1961 by Safire Public Relations, Inc. of New York, New York announcing the planning and construction of Reston, Virginia.
Letter from Robert C. Weaver of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Washington, D.C. of December 26, 1962 to Robert E. Simon, Jr. In the letter Weaver expresses his interest in the Reston project and his agency's willingness to assist when Simon…
Letter from John H. Nixon of the Committee for Economic Development , New York, New York of August 6, 1962 to Robert E. Simon, Jr. In the letter Nixon compliments Simon on the Reston project and has questions regarding the governing of Reston and how…
Letter from Omer L. Hirst of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Senate of September 16, 1974 to Robert E. Simon, Jr. In the letter Hirst compliments Simon on the success of Reston and adds that he has had conversations with Reston Community Association…
Reston master plan drawing depicting land use, natural features, roads, and utilities.
Plat showing layout of housing clusters, single family homes, model homes, schools, churches, and roads in Lake Anne Village.
Booklet containing excerpts of articles about Reston, Virginia by major magazines, such as Fortune, Time, Newsweek, Look, and others. Also features images of Lake Anne, Heron House, housing clusters, a playground with children, swimming pool, and the…
Pocketed folder containing information on Lake Anne Village. Contains information on home builders in Reston, master plan, a map showing its location, contact, information for sales office, and the names of the architects of Lake Anne Village. 7…
Photograph of Lake Anne Village as taken from the south side of the lake. Smith townhomes are to the left, Heron House in the center, and Washington Plaza is seen on right.
Two artists standing on the south side of Lake Anne confer with one another while a third paints.
Photograph of Skaters on the north western part of Lake Anne in winter. Heron House can be seen in the center and on the left, the Whittlesey and Conklin townhouses of West Washington Square.
Five children play at the rear of a town house cluster in Lake Anne Village. Also in photograph is a dalmatian dog.
Photograph showing rear of several Waterview Cluster townhomes in the foreground and Heron House in the background at left.
Photograph showing several units of the Hickory Cluster town homes designed by architect Charles Goodman. In the foreground is a children's play area.
Photograph showing several units of the Whittlesey and Conklin town houses along the south side of Lake Anne.
Photograph showing several units of the Whittlesey and Conklin townhouses along the south side of Lake Anne.
Photograph showing a walking trail leading up to the front of several townhouse units belonging to the Waterview Cluster in Lake Anne Village. There are three individuals using the trail in this photograph.
Photograph of Reston industrial master plan drawing depicting land use, natural features, and roads.
Photograph of Reston industrial area drawing. This image is a plan for first industrial campus in Reston, Issac Newton Square. Image shows exterior and landscape design features from an overhead perspective.
Photograph of Reston industrial area drawing. This image is a plan for the type "A" units of the first industrial campus in Reston, Issac Newton Square. Image shows exterior and landscape design features from an overhead perspective as well as side…
Aerial photograph of Lake Anne Village as seen from the west. Visible in this photograph are: Lake Anne and Washington Plaza, Heron House, Waterview and Hickory town home clusters, Baron Cameron Avenue, and North Shore and Fairway Drives.
Photograph of children playing at the Lake Anne Nursery and Kindergarten (LANK), Washington Plaza.