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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...

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...

Historical Society mulls a more aggressive stance on preservation

Should the Arlington Historical Society become more aggressive in its advocacy efforts for preservation, or would that split the membership into competing factions? It’s a question the organization, founded in 1956, is starting to face.“Some members may like the Arlington...

Letter: Historic parcel has Civil War secrets to reveal

Editor: I have followed with curiosity and sadness the unsuccessful efforts to preserve the historic Febrey-Lothrop-Rouse home on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. As is usually the case in Arlington, developers win, and Arlington’s slender inventory of historic properties is further...

Falling short in court, preservationists look to legislature

Having failed in a Hail Mary court challenge to force preservation of the land surrounding the razed Rouse estate on Wilson Boulevard, some activists are now considering taking their case to the legislature. A Circuit Court judge on July 16...

Another historic-preservation battle on horizon?

The historic-preservation advocate who launched a community-driven, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, effort to save the Rouse estate on Wilson Boulevard, is on a new quest. Tom Dickinson has filed paperwork with county officials seeking historic-district status for an East Falls Church...

Editorial: ‘A needless waste’ comes to its conclusion

Arlington County Board members on Saturday stuck a fork in it and declared the battle over preservation of the Rouse (Febrey-Lothrop) estate over. Board members said that, with the buildings on the 9.5-acre parcel now rubble after the owner razed...

Editor’s Notebook: That’s a wrap on the Rouse preservation battle

Arlington County Board members on Saturday stuck a fork in it and declared the battle over preservation of the Rouse (Febrey-Lothrop) estate over. Board members said that, with the buildings on the 9.5-acre parcel now rubble after the owner razed...

Preservation advocates lick wounds as Rouse battle ends

They had known for weeks – probably months – of the likely outcome, but for preservation advocates, the Arlington County Board’s April 17 decision to deny historic-district status to the Rouse estate still had a sting to it. “The whole...
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