Penrose Square

Penrose Square

May 20, 2014 - Updated August 10, 2016
Neighborhood: Penrose
Penrose Square, Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va
Art & Splash, Restaurants , Entertainment, Legend
Penrose Square is located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Barton Street. S. Adams Street is on the eastern side of the building. It consists of  Penrose Square Apartments, their amenities include a fitness kickbox studio, club house and a swimming pool. Around the square is a yoga spar, beauty salons, restaurants and a variety of other businesses including a Giant supermarket. There is also a major sculpture and Splash/ Play fountains.

Penrose Square, Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va

Main Square for the Town Center

Penrose Square Plaza is the main square for Columbia Pike's Town Center. The Town Center runs from South Courthouse Rd to South Oakland St and is the largest of four centers that are planned for Columbia Pike. Phase I of Penrose Square which is 17,760-sq. ft. was completed in Fall 2012. A construction date for Phase II has not yet been determined. Phase II includes part of the parking lot that is to the west of the square.

Art & Water Feature


The center piece of the Square is the sculpture Echo uTube by Richard Deutsch. "Richard Deutsch created the interactive sculpture inspired by the Three Sisters Radio Towers, formerly located near Columbia Pike and Courthouse Road. Built in 1913 by the Navy as cutting-edge technology, the towers broadcast the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in 1915, connecting Arlington with the Eiffel Tower". Arlington Newsroom.

Echo, Penrose Square
Water Feature

Water Feature

The Water Feature is a fun play area for kids.
The water used for this feature and the surrounding small gardens is recycled via an underground filtration system.

Water Feature




Starbucks opened in August 2015. It replaces Society Fair and TNT which occupied different areas of the same space. Originally they were opened as Eamonn's and TNT Bar in August 2012. Eamonn's was an Irish style fish restaurant. TNT described itself as a Rock 'n' Roll Bar. In 2013 Eamonn's became Society Fair, a bakery, cafe, and eatery. Both Society Fair and TNT closed in September 2014.

Echo, Penrose Square
Water Feature

Marble & Rye

Marble & Rye

Marble and Rye opened in December 2015, it replaced Red Rocks Restaurant which had been at this location from March 2013 - November 2015. It has an American wood fire kitchen and a whiskey bar with an extensive list of whiskeys, and specialty seasonal cocktails.

Taqueria el Poblan

Taqueria el Poblano a Mexican Grill Is at the corner of Columbia Pike and South Adams. the main entrance faces Columbia Pike. It was one of the first restaurants to open at Penrose.

Penrose Square
Water Feature


Menchies which face Columbia Pike, serves frozen yogurt and is next door to Taqueria El Poblan. Menchies has also been at this location since Penrose opened. Update May 4, 2017: Menchies is no longer at this location

Echo, Penrose Square
Water Feature


Updated: May 4, 2017

United Bank
2409 Columbia Pike
A branch of United Bank recently moved to this location. Previously it had been at 2300 South 9th in the next block


Movies and Picnics

In addition to outdoor cafes around the square there are open spaces with benches, tables and chairs for picnics and other fun activities. Movies are screened in the square on Saturdays during the warmer months.

Penrose Square
Penrose Square

Fall Festival

On the east of the main building on S. Adams there is a Fall Festival every year, with entertainment food, craft beer. Last year The lineup was Scott Kurt and Memphis 59, Lenny Burridge Trio, Boxcartel, The Hummingbyrds and Ruthie and the Wranglers.

Columbia Pike Fall Festival
Columbia Pike Fall Festival

Legend Penrose Square

(legend is not to scale)
Penrose Square

Ground Floor

Journey Yoga, Penrose Square
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Journey Yoga
Teaching Yoga
Marble & Rye, Penrose Square
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Marble & Rye
American Restaurant
Entrance to Penrose Square Residences
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Hair Cuttery, Penrose Square
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Hair Cuttery
Hair & Waxing Salon

Penrose Cleaners, Penrose Square
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Dry cleaning & Alterations

Journey Yoga, Penrose Square
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Mancini De Paris
  Salon & Spa

TNT, Penrose Square
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previous tenant
Society Fair, Penrose Square
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United Bank, Penrose Square
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United Bank
Taqueria el Poblano, Penrose Square
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Taqueria el Poblano
Mexican Grill
Penrose Square
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Lobby to second floor Penrose Square
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Upper Plaza

Giant, Penrose Square
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PNC BANK, Penrose Square
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PNC Bank

Leasing Office, Penrose Square
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Leasing Offices

Upper Plaza. penrose square

Second Floor

Family Dentist, Penrose Square
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Family Dentistry
BM Smith, Penrose Square
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BM Smith
Real Estate
Penrose Square

2011 Penrose Square residential apartment and commercial center opens. This multi-million dollar redevelopment project of an older shopping area was undertaken by B.M. Smith & Associates to bring restaurants, shops, services, and upscale apartments to Columbia Pike’s Penrose neighborhood. History B. M. Smith