Historic Structures Report for Freedom House Museum, October 28

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Historic Structures Report Presentation

Freedom House Museum, 1315 Duke Street

The Historic Structures Report (HSR) for 1315 Duke Street, the Freedom House Museum, was formally presented by SmithGroup on October 28. A historic structure report provides documentary, graphic, and physical information about a property's history and existing condition. Broadly recognized as an effective part of preservation planning, a historic structure report also addresses management or owner goals for the use or re-use of the property. 1315 Duke Street was once part of the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. Enslaved people were brought from the Chesapeake Bay area and forced to the slave markets in Natchez, Mississippi and New Orleans either by foot or ship. On March 25, 2020, the City of Alexandria completed the purchase of the 1315 Duke Street from the Northern Virginia Urban League (NVUL). This purchase will allow the City to preserve and interpret this National Historic Landmark and ensure it is open to the public for future generations.

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0:00 - Welcome by Audrey Davis, Director, Alexandria Black History Museum

2:04 - Introductions of Presenters

4:11 - Project Background

9:05 - Investigative Process

20:47 - Building's History and Significance

35:54 - Periods of Development

46:22 - Period of Significance (1828-1861)

47:48 - Physical Description and Inventory

49:22 - Conditions Assessment

50:07 - Work Recommendations

51:58 - Treatment and Use - Options and Recommendations

55:29 - Further Recommendations and Studies

1:00:47 - Live Q&A