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Del Ray Study


The Department of Planning and Zoning has initiated a two-part study in the Del Ray neighborhood. The study includes the creation of a residential pattern book to offer non-binding help for owners, architects and builders who are making alterations and additions to historic Del Ray buildings. The second part of the study is a survey of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings in the neighborhood. The Del Ray neighborhood is partially located within the boundaries of the Town of Potomac, a National Register Historic District. 

The Department of Planning & Zoning held a kick-off meeting on Monday, March 24th at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. If you have any questions about the project, please contact historic preservation staff at 703.746.3833.  

Residential Pattern Book

* The upcoming meeting on the Del Ray Residential Pattern Book will be held on November 20, 2014 from 7-9 PM at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. This meeting will discuss the content of the architectural pattern book and is free and anyone may attend. 

The City is seeking proposals from qualified proposers for a user-friendly, non-binding, residential architectural pattern book for the Del Ray neighborhood (including the Town of Potomac Historic District - a National Register of Historic Places district since 1992 with no local regulatory design review). The goal of the pattern book is to help those involved in construction to relate their projects to identified historic neighborhood patterns and styles. The pattern book will describe typical and distinctive features of the overall neighborhood, as well as representative examples of individual properties, and suggest prototypical compatible architectural solutions for rehabilitation and additions, as well as infill for new construction.

The City is using the competitive negotiation method of source selection for this solicitation, as authorized by the Alexandria City Code. All proposals are due by 4 PM on June 24, 2014 and the full RFP can be found online here: . Please contact the City's Purchasing Division at 703.746.4298  with any questions about the RFP or associated Del Ray Pattern Book.

Online Survey

If you are a resident or property owner in the Del Ray neighborhood, please take a moment to complete an online survey to help City staff better understand your perceptions of the neighborhood and what information would be most helpful to include in the pattern book. Del Ray Survey

Additional Resources

Del Ray National Register of Historic Places Nomination 

History of Del Ray & the Town of Potomac 

Map of Study Area: coming soon! 

Mt Vernon Ave Historic Photo 





Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA  

301 King Street, Room 2100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6393

Office Hours:
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