Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Planning & Zoning supports the two Boards of Architectural Review through the application of the local historic district regulations, provides technical preservation and architectural assistance to property owners, promotes historic preservation initiatives throughout the city, and conducts ongoing community outreach to the public.

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  • There are two historic districts and thirty-five, 100 Year Old Buildings locally designated and regulated in Alexandria. Two, separate Boards of Architectural Review (BAR) oversee the protection of the Old and Historic Alexandria District, the 100 Year Old Buildings and the Parker-Gray District. The Boards must approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for all new construction and exterior alterations for structures designated which are visible from a public way. In addition, the Boards must approve a Permit to Demolish for proposed demolition of more than 25 square feet of material on a structure, regardless of the visibility from a public way.

Design Guidelines & Policies

The Design Guidelines were developed for the Old & Historic Alexandria and Parker-Gray Districts to Gothic Lancetprovide information and assistance to applicants in understanding the processes of the Boards of Architectural Review. These should be utilized as tools to assist in developing a design approach. The policies listed below outline the criteria and standards for administrative approval of select architectural features, including signs.

Old & Historic Alexandria District

Parker-Gray Historic District

Both Districts

Applications & Instructions athenaeum 

Dockets, Webcasts, and Staff Reports

historicsurveyHistoric Resource Survey of Old and Historic Alexandria District

The Department of Planning and Zoning's Historic Preservation Division has been working on surveying the Old and Historic District with the National Park Service and several state historic preservation offices. Please click here for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

The historic preservation division regularly trains and works with volunteers who are interested in contributing to the preservation of Alexandria's historic resources. If you are interested in a volunteer position please contact us. 

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Our office is located in the Planning and Zoning Department and we are open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

Department of Planning and Zoning
301 King Street, Room 2100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 (map)  

Phone: 703-746-3833
Fax: 703-838-6393

Historic Preservation Staff

  • Al Cox, Historic Preservation Manager, Architect
  • Catherine Miliaras, Principal Planner 
  • Stephanie Sample, Urban Planner
  • Amirah Lane, Urban Planner
  • Marina Novaes, Urban Planner