The Historic Preservation Office provides for the identification, designation, and regulation of historic resources within the City of Alexandria. Our staff supports the City's two Boards of Architectural Review, the Old and Historic Alexandria District and the Parker-Gray District. We evaluate and provide recommendations for resources to be included in our collection of local and nationally designated historic districts. We analyze regulatory applications and evaluate proposed development plans to assess their impacts on historic resources. In addition, we provide public outreach with regular walking tours, lectures, and seminars to educate the public. Please contact our professional staff at 703.746.3833, Monday-Friday 8-5 p.m. and we will be happy to assist you.
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There are two historic districts and thirty-five, 100 Year Old Buildings locally designated and regulated in Alexandria. Two, separate Boards of Architectural Review (BAR) oversee the protection of the Old and Historic Alexandria District, the 100 Year Old Buildings and the Parker-Gray Historic District. The Boards must approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for all new construction and exterior alterations for structures designated which are visible from a public way. In addition, the Boards must approve a Permit to Demolish for proposed demolition of more than 25 square feet of material on a structure, regardless of the visibility from a public way.
Applications & Instructions
Applications & Instructions
2013 Hearing Schedules
Parker-Gray Ad Hoc Design Guidelines Work Group
Changes to the Parker-Gray Historic District
Residential Reference Guide (adopted December 12, 2012)
INTERIM Residential Reference Guide *NEW* (to be used until required amendments are made to the Zoning Ordinance)
Historic Resource Survey of Old and Historic Alexandria District
The Department of Planning and Zoning has coordinated with the National Park Service (NPS), the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR), the Historic Alexandria Foundation (HAF), and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), to create a digital architectural survey of the Old & Historic Alexandria District. Please click here for more information.
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National Register Nominations | 2012 Del Ray Historic Preservation Conference
Annual Letter to Property Owners | Preservation Resources
Office & Staff Contact Information
Own a Piece of Alexandria's History!
The Carver Nursery School/ American Legion building
North Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Lot size: 7,775 sq. ft.
Building size: 2,252 sq. ft.
Location: Locally regulated Parker-Gray Historic District
Additional details available here