Architect Behind an Arlington Landmark

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Anthony F. Musolino, 82, an architect whose buildings included Fairfax High School, Fort Hunt High School and the Bob Peck Chevrolet showroom in Arlington County, died June 29 of congestive heart failure at his home in Aldie.

Mr. Musolino, who spent most of his career as the principal in the firm of Anthony F. Musolino AIA Architects PC, designed large-scale commercial, educational and institutional structures. In addition to the two Washington area high schools, he designed the Leesburg Vo-Tech Center, the Golden Triangle Hotel in Norfolk, the Strawberry Banks Motel in Newport News and Prosperity Center in Leesburg. He also designed Robinson and Langley high schools.

Mr. Musolino's Bob Peck Chevrolet building, which was at Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, became an Arlington landmark, its round showroom and distinctive geometric design an artifact of the 1960s. It was razed in 2006.

Anthony Frank Musolino was born in the District to immigrant parents from Italy. At Gonzaga College High School, he was a standout right end on the football team and was twice named Gonzaga's lineman of the year. During his senior year, he was recruited to play football for Bullis Prep, where he was named the most outstanding prep school football player for 1944.

While still a student, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he finished high school and then enrolled at Catholic University, where he completed the five-year undergraduate architecture program in 1953. He practiced architecture in the District and then moved to Falls Church and later to Fairfax City.

He retired in 1997 but continued working as a consultant. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and a former arbitration panelist for the American Arbitration Association.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Marjorie Florence Jean Hintz, of Aldie; 10 daughters, Patricia Andrea Ryder of Leesburg, Constance Mary Musolino of the Neersville community in Loudoun County, Nancy Musolino Ningard of Great Falls, Pegge Musolino Graham of Richmond, Gina Marie Musolino and Jodie Alice Musolino, both of Winchester, Angela Jean Scanlan of Fairfax City, Suzie Justine Whetzel of Portsmouth, Va., Nono Musolino Fisher of The Plains and Mia Michelle Musolino of Falls Church; two sisters, Marian Dragos of Leesburg and Teresa Stansberry of Santa Rosa, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

-- Joe Holley

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