Un/common Places

Bob Peck Chevrolet

Bob Peck Chevrolet
The Bob Peck Chevrolet dealership at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road was one of Arlington’s most recognizable structures. The transparent circular auto showroom with the diamond motif canopy spelling out the dealership’s name has long been the focal point at that busy intersection. Architect Tony Musolino, who designed the building for Bob Peck recalls that Mr. Peck "wanted an exceptional building." He says, "I was trying to make the roof a billboard. . .and I was trying to make the roof look like it floats."
Donald Peck, son of Bob Peck, recalls that construction began in 1963 and was completed the following spring. Interestingly, Mr. Musolino was paid a fee for the design but declined cash payment for supervising the construction. Instead, he says that he told Mr. Peck " ‘All I want you to do for me is to give me two Corvettes in succession.’ It was ’63 and ’64. . . He didn’t give me ownership, he gave me demonstrators that were right out of the showroom. But I returned them in a year each time." 
The Peck dealership originally opened in Clarendon in 1939 at 2825 Wilson Boulevard. When the business outgrew that location Mr. Peck moved it to its present location, were he remained the proprietor until he was nearly 80 years old. His son ran the business until it closed in 2006.