Digital Architectural Survey of the Old and Historic Alexandria District

The Historic Preservation Division, with help from local volunteers, and in conjunction with the National Park Service and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, has developed a digital survey tool to document and inventory buildings in the Old and Historic Alexandria District. This comprehensive reconnaissance survey, to be completed in five phases, includes photographs, historical research and architectural descriptions of each building that will be publicly accessible.

Page updated on Jun 14, 2018 at 2:28 PM

Volunteers Needed

We are recruiting volunteers to assist with the digital architectural survey of the nearly 4000 buildings in the Old and Historic Alexandria District and Phase II is currently underway. The survey utilizes a GIS-based mobile application that can be access from a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer designed to streamline the survey process and facilitate data sharing among the City, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the National Park Service.

Volunteers are always needed to take photographs, research buildings and to write architectural descriptions, both in the field and remotely. For more information, please contact Amirah Lane, 703.746.4666.

What will be documented? 

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  • Buildings, structures, and sites within the Old & Historic Alexandria District.

How will it be documented?

  • Surveyors will use tablets and a custom-built web-based application to record architectural and historical data about each individual resource. In addition digital photographs of the exteriors of buildings, structures and sites will be taken from the public right-of-ways.

How will this information be used?

  • The information collected will help local, state, and federal preservation planners make more informed decisions, including those related to tax credit applications. Furthermore, the survey will help to identify buildings and places that are significant to Alexandria's history.

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Who will be surveying?

  • Volunteers with backgrounds in historic preservation, architecture, architectural history, or local history and includes current and past residents of Alexandria as well as the City of Alexandria preservation planning staff.


OHAD Architectural Survey Volunteer Resources

We want to know what you know about your home and historically significant places in your neighborhood. Please contact us to get involved!  

Phone: 703.746.3833