History of Goodwin House

The first Goodwin House community opened in 1967 in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia.  A second Goodwin House community opened its doors in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County in 1987.

Over the years, both communities have responded to residents’ changing expectations, desires, needs and lifestyles. Today, Goodwin House Alexandria and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads are two of the most highly regarded and preferred retirement communities in Northern Virginia, offering high-quality facilities, amenities and services to support a vibrant lifestyle.


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

Inspired by how the Richmond home benefited its first residents, 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. Goodwin House was unusual for its day in being one of the first purpose-built continuing care communities in the country.

First Alexandria, then Bailey’s Crossroads

In January 1966, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the creation of a new retirement community in Alexandria’s West End. By 1967, the doors opened and the first residents moved in.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Goodwin House Alexandria became a sought-after place to live. The existing number of apartment residences could not keep up with demand.

After much planning and thought, in 1987, Goodwin House Incorporated built a second community a few miles away in Bailey’s Crossroads, a growing urban neighborhood in Falls Church, Virginia.


Over the years, Goodwin House has maintained a discipline of continually re-investing in the physical properties, updating common areas, amenities, gardens, dining venues and apartments.

The Goodwin House communities also have seen the benefit of extensive multi-year master planning efforts, leading to significant expansions of the physical properties and opportunities to serve greatly increased numbers of residents. A significant expansion to Goodwin House Alexandria was completed in 1997. The newest addition to the Goodwin House family, the Pointe apartment residences, opened in Bailey’s Crossroads in January 2010, on the heels of completion of a new household-model Health and Wellness Center.

Giving Back: The Goodwin House Foundation

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 community. The Goodwin House Foundation manifests the long charitable mission tradition of Goodwin House Incorporated.