History of Goodwin House

Our History

Goodwin House Opens Its First Community, 1967

The idea behind Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) began when the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia acquired its first home for older adults in Richmond in the 1950s.

Inspired by this Richmond home, Allen Adams, a layman from Arlington serving on the home’s management committee, had the vision and tenacity to help to create a similar haven in Northern Virginia. His friend, Benjamin M. Smith, a Methodist layman, donated a generous piece of land in 1963 to build the first Goodwin House in Alexandria.

When our first community opened in 1967, it was one of the first purpose-built continuing care communities in the country.

Enjoy this brief video of our founding and history right up to today!


First Alexandria, then Bailey’s Crossroads

Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads Opens “The Pointe”, 2010

In January 1966, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of a new retirement community in Alexandria’s West End. By 1967, the doors opened to welcome the first residents. In the 1970s and 1980s, Goodwin House Alexandria became a sought-after place to live.

As the existing community could not keep up with demand, GHI expanded in 1987 and built and opened a second community in Bailey’s Crossroads, a growing urban neighborhood in Falls Church, Virginia.







Expansion and Innovation

Goodwin House Alexandria Opens its Small House Health Care Center, 2017

Over the years, Goodwin House has maintained a discipline of continually re-investing in its communities, updating common areas, amenities, gardens, dining venues and apartments. We also have expanded our services to include health care, palliative care and hospice. In 1997, the Tower opened at Goodwin House Alexandria, boasting scenic views of Washington, DC and nearly doubling the number of apartment homes there. Similar and innovative growth followed at Bailey’s Crossroads, and The Pointe apartment residences opened there in 2010. Today, there are approximately 400 residents at Goodwin House Alexandria and 500 at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, and nearly 50 residential living floor plans.

Goodwin House at Home Opens, 2014

In 2014, GHI launched Goodwin House at Home (GHAH). Modeled after the continuing care concept in retirement communities, this unique program bundles an array of services and supports which can be provided to members wherever they call home.

Available to individuals and couples age 55, GHAH is the first program of its type to open in Virginia.






Honorees from GHI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, October 2017

From the first donation of land in 1963, philanthropy has been at the heart of Goodwin House. The Goodwin House Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) foundation in 1989 to expand efforts to assist residents in financial need as well as to serve the broader community. Since the first Goodwin House opened in 1967, no residents have had to leave their homes for lack of financial resources.

The Foundation grants approximately $1 million in this type of Fellowship assistance each year and also supports programs dedicated to the well-being of residents, members and staff.


The Next 50

In 2017, GHI celebrates our 50th anniversary of supporting, honoring and uplifting the lives of older adults and the people who care for them. Our next 50 years will be informed by our past and the vision of our founders who boldly reimagined aging. We invite you to join us on the journey to inspire, innovate and deliver new models of senior living and care.