Fort Belvoir-One House Stands Alone

Thermo Con HomeTucked away among all of the traditional homes, both old and new on Fort Belvoir stands a home that isn't like any of the others.  Just as the Lustron homes on Quantico were a response to the US Government's need for quick delivery homes after WWII, the Thermo-Con house on Fort Belvoir stands as a reminder of the Army's attempt to use alternative building materials in the 1940's.

Fort Belvoir HomesSituated next to the traditional Cape Code homes of Gerber Village, the Thermo-Con house looks more like Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighy House just a few miles down the road than it does its traditional brick neighbors. 

The house derives its name from the material that was used to create the home a mixture of "Portland cement, water and a patented formula of mineral origin."  Completed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1949 it was one of only two buildings built on Fort Belvoir from this material.  The second building has been destroyed.



The home was added to the Virginia Landmarks Registry in 1997 and is currently used as a guest house.  With the new housing being built at both the North and South Post of Fort Belvoir it is nice to see something a bit different still standing as a testament to the resources of the Army Corps of Engineers.  It was an idea and building material ahead of it's time.  Today the idea of building anything but a well insulated and moisture resistant home just wouldn't be considered.





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Comment balloon 3 commentsCindy Jones • October 20 2008 03:40PM


Hi Cindy, Interesting post ...thanks for the photos.  We sometimes drove down to Ft. Belvoir when my husband was stationed at Ft. Myer, VA.  You should post this in Architecture, Buildings, and Dings.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 10 years ago

Shirley-most of the bases around here have interesting homes within their gates.  Fort Myer has "Generals Row" with the beautiful brick Victorians and Fort Belvoir has a great mix of old and new base housing on both sides of the post.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Its wonderful that they left the home standing.  There is a lot of history on Fort Belvoir.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) almost 8 years ago

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