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 lectures, walking tours, 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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Events & News
Del Ray Historic Preservation Conference September 19, 2015 at 10 AM at the Mt. Vernon Community School located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria, VA 22305
Draft Del Ray Neighborhood Residential Pattern Book available for public comment until August 10, 2015
Alexandria Contemporary Architecture Symposium | BAR Waterfront Work Session Summary | 2012 Del Ray Historic Preservation Conference | 20th Century Buildings on the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Applications & Instructions
BAR Full Hearing Application for Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Demolish, Waivers, or Concept Review
BAR Administrative (Staff) Approval
Administrative (Staff) Approval of Signs
2015 Hearing Schedule
Dockets, Webcasts, and Staff Reports
Old & Historic Alexandria District (April 1, 2009 - present)
Old & Historic Alexandria District (January 1, 2000 - September 7, 2011)
Parker-Gray District (September 12, 2012 - present)
Parker-Gray District (April 1, 2009 - July 18, 2012)
Parker-Gray District (January 12, 2000 - September 14, 2011)
Is your property regulated by Alexandria's Board of Architectural Review?
Map of the Districts
List of 100 Year Old Buildings
List of Buildings with Preservation Easements
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 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.
Annual Letter to Property Owners
National Register Listings
Tips for Finding an Architect or Contractor
10 Tips for Making Sure Your Contractor Measures Up
National Park Service Historic Preservation Briefs
Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Factsheet
National Register compared with Local Historic District
National Register Factsheet
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.
The historic preservation division regularly trains and works with volunteers who are interested in contributing to the preservation of Alexandria's historic resources. If you are interested in a volunteer position please contact us.
Our office is open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. We are within walking distance of the King Street Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines and located near the bus and free trolley stop. Parking is available at meters on the street or in public parking garages nearby.
Department of Planning and Zoning
301 King Street, Suite 2100
Alexandria, Virginia 22313 (map)
Office & Staff Contact Information