- Volunteers Needed for Old and Historic Alexandria District Architectural Survey
The City of Alexandria’s Historic Preservation division is seeking volunteers to assist with an architectural survey of the Old and Historic Alexandria District. This is Phase II of a survey begun in 2014, which focused on Washington Street. The survey will utilize a GIS-based mobile application designed to expedite the surveying process and facilitate data sharing between the City, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the National Park Service.
Surveying will begin in late March. The next training session will be on Thursday, March 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Some knowledge of architectural jargon and a facility with smart devices (such as cell phones and tablets) is required.
For more information and to RSVP for the training session, please contact Amirah Lane, 703.746.4666.
What will be documented?
- 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.
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
- OHAD Style Guide
- Reading Alexandria’s Historic Buildings
- Survey Phases Map
- Surveying Individual Properties
- Volunteer Waiver Form
Additional Information & Links
- Survey Boundary
- How to Read a Building
- City Council Memo
- City Council Webcast
- National Register
- National Historic Landmark District
- Old and Historic Alexandria District
We want to know what you know about your home and historically significant places in your neighborhood. Please contact us to get involved!