Buckingham Gardens Arlington, VA
Built between 1937 and 1950, Buckingham Village – now Buckingham Gardens – was one of the first two-story garden apartment-style buildings in this country. The complex, located in the city and county of Arlington, VA, housed the workers who flocked to Washington, DC for federal jobs during and after the New Deal.
Buckingham Gardens, Exterior, by Milton Rosales (resident)
In recent decades, due largely to its proximity to DC, Arlington County has experienced rapid gentrification that has pushed out many long-term tenants and altered the area’s economic and cultural landscape. Buckingham Gardens has seen demographic and cultural changes in parallel with this regional trend.
Between 2011 and 2015, Buckingham Gardens was re-developed to preserve affordable housing for its residents. The community is unique among NAC communities for its predominantly Latino/a population and for its deeply embedded community non-profit, the Buckingham Gardens Tenant Association (BU-GATA), which was founded in 1992 and has been a consistently strong and trusted advocate for the Buckingham community and a valued NAC ally. A beautiful and vibrant community center and strong partnership-based programming in healthy living, ESOL, and other areas make Buckingham Gardens a thriving and close-knit neighborhood.
Community Center Mural designed and painted
by the Buckingham Youth Brigade of BU-GATA.