Carlin Hall: History and Reservation Information

Carlin Hall is a major feature in the Glencarlyn neighborhood. It is located at 5711 4th Street South.
(map) It is an Arlington County owned facility managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

The primary use is DPR Carlin Hall Creative Preschool which meets mornings during the school year and for County summer programs. The grounds of Carlin Hall serve as a playground and socialization area for many of the residents of the neighborhood.

Other regular users are Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association meetings and events, several scout troops, and the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society ( At other times, the hall is available for any Arlington resident for meetings and events or for parties.

History and MOA

Carlin Hall was built as a community center in 1892 by the Carlin Springs Cooperative Association, the predecessor to the Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association (GCA). It was originally named Custis Hall after one of the two founders of Glencarlyn. During its first 70 years, it served as a location for community meetings, a social center, a church, a public library and one room school.

In 1962 the Carlin Hall Association transferred the building to Arlington County for use as recreation center.

Prior to July 2015 the GCA handled scheduling for Carlin Hall at which time the Facilities Scheduling group within the DPR took over scheduling. This was formalized with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Arlington County, through DPR and the GCA and approved by the Arlington County Board on May 16, 2015 and signed by the County Manager on June 2, 2015. (
copy of the MOA).

How to Rent Carlin Hall for Private Use

Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Facilities Scheduling at 703-228-1805 for availability of your preferred date.
DPR will confirm availability and ask you to complete and submit a
Facility Request Form this pdf version allows you to enter info and save it. (If that link doesn’t work go to and type facility rental in the search box.)
Your Facility Request will be confirmed in 3 business days.
Private Use Rentals may be scheduled 60 days or more in advance if the facility is available.
Private Use Rentals are $30 / 2 hour minimum

PLEASE DO NOT email to schedule any private event.

Quasi-Glencarlyn Events

If you are planning an event generally open to anyone in the Glencarlyn neighborhood, the GCA may be able to get it scheduled in Carlin Hall under our umbrella at no cost. Send your information to well in advance and we will work with you.

Revised November 2015