History of Culpepper Garden
Culpepper Garden is located on five acres of landscaped and wooded grounds in Arlington County, VA. We are the successful result of an extraordinary partnership between the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington; volunteers; community leaders; financial contributors; and the county, state and federal governments.
1926: Dr. Culpepper, a scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, buys the land in then-rural Arlington to breed daffodils and daylilies and provide a playground for his children.
1964–1970: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) begins a movement to raise support and funding for housing for senior citizens in the community.
1971: UUCA establishes an independent housing corporation (now Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation or ARHC), which purchases Dr. Culpepper’s land.
1972–1975: ARHC works hard to plan, finance, raise funds, and commission the design and construction of Culpepper Garden I — an eight-story, 210-unit apartment building, Arlington County’s first for low-income senior citizens.
Architects: Earl Bailey and Charles Pye
Builder: Eugene Simpson and Brother Inc. (Alexandria)
May 1975: First resident moves in.
August 1975: Arlington County signs a lease with Culpepper Garden to rent space on the ground floor for a Senior Adult Recreation Center.
January 1976: The seniors form a Residents Association, which becomes active in food service, fundraising, gardening, the library and entertainment.
1991: Responding to a growing need for additional housing, Culpepper Garden successfully works with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to secure a loan of $4.3 million to build a new wing with 63 additional apartments.
1992: Culpepper Garden II opens.
1995: HUD awards Culpepper Garden the “Best Practices” award for providing housing and supportive services for elderly persons.
2000: Culpepper Garden III, a 73-unit assisted living facility, opens.
2006: Culpepper Garden begins offering up to Level 3 care for our assisted living residents, allowing them to stay in their homes even longer.