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Vienna Council changes definition of ‘historic’ property

The Vienna Town Council on July 11 unanimously agreed to modify a town ordinance, providing a rolling definition of how old buildings, business and sites must be in order to qualify for inclusion on the town’s historic register. The old...

Town may get more specific on definition of ‘historic’

How old must a building or site be in Vienna to merit inclusion on the town’s historic register? By current standards, they must have existed before 1900, but because time inexorably marches on, town officials are pondering redefining that...

Is historic preservation getting short shrift in county?

The Arlington County government’s Historic Resources Inventory – call it “HRI” for short – of local properties sits somewhere between local historic districts on the one hand and mere honorifics like inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places...

Letter: Public deserves say in historic-preservation process

Editor: Your March 24 article was excellent and accurate, except for a couple of points we would like to clarify. You wrote that, “Current law is somewhat nebulous, but appears to allow the localities themselves to decide who can...

Preservation advocates have year to make their case in Richmond

When the General Assembly convenes in January 2023, there will be 166 leftovers from 2022 awaiting action. One of them is near and dear to the heart of local preservationists, which gives them a year to regroup and do some...

McLean estate placed into conservation easement

An 8-acre Civil War-era McLean property known as Elmwood recently became the 129th conservation easement for the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT). The estate, once the centerpiece of a homestead that spanned from the Potomac River to the center of...

Preservation bills wending way through legislature

It’s the political equivalent of calling an audible in football – switching things up on the fly in an attempt to get a better result – and it may provide historic-preservation advocates more of what they are hoping to...

1880s home added to Vienna’s historic register

A house built around 1883 at 131 Courthouse Road, S.W., will be designated a Town of Vienna Historic Site and added to the Vienna Historic Property Register, Town Council members agreed Jan. 24. The house’s owners, Nancy and Simeon Moats,...

Local preservationists hope for a win in Richmond

It’s been razed to oblivion, but last year’s battle of the fate of the Rouse estate is in front of the General Assembly in the form of a new historic-preservation measure. Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) has introduced legislation that, if...

Civic association offers proposals on use of historic pharmacy

The Green Valley Civic Association has laid out the conditions under which it would support turning the historic but shuttered Green Valley Pharmacy property into a restaurant. In a Jan. 12 letter to county-government officials, association president Portia Clark and...
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