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Past News and Annoucements

See below for Archive of Press Releases.

50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Preservation Easement Program: To celebrate the 50th anniversary, DHR director Julie V. Langan will offer keynote remarks during a ceremony this Saturday, July 2, beginning at 3 p.m., at Old Mansion in Bowling Green (Caroline County). The privately-owned circa-1741 Old Mansion and its 128 acres was the first historic property to receive perpetual protection under the authority of the General Assembly’s Open-Space Land Act of 1966. The ceremony will honor the easement and the program’s legislative architect, George C. Freeman, who persuaded key General Assembly members in the 1960s that the Commonwealth needed to encourage preservation of privately owned historic landmarks. Read a press release for more information.

Now Available: Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940: DHR is pleased to present this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and readers of all walks in identifying and documenting the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the Commonwealth. The guide opens with an overview of Virginia’s architectural heritage within the context of larger historic trends, from its colonial-era settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early 20th century.
   The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form" information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining features of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium, Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles. We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the New Dominion Virginia Style Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.

New Publication from DHR:
Virginia Historical HIghway Markers & The War of 1812

This guide, created originally for the 2014 Legacy Symposium convened at Fort Monroe and Hampton University, highlights 39 state historical markers that deal with aspects of the War of 1812.

Organized by county or city locales, the guide provides the text of each highway maker.

The 12-page guide includes illustrations and photos and should benefit teachers, students, and travelers. Download the PDF now.

Updated: How to Research Your Historic Property: Owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings, mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools, and businesses often want to learn more about the history of their property but are not sure how to go about it. DHR recently updated our publication on how to conduct research on a historic property and it is available for downloading as a PDF. The publication introduces you to some of the useful sources available for learning about the history of a Virginia property.

Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
Community Bank Building, ca. 1970s, in Buena Vista. (Photo: DHR tax credit file)

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs Benefit Virginia's Economy: The rehabilitation, re-use and preservation of Virginia’s historic residential and commercial buildings is good for the commonwealth’s economy according to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The benefits of bringing old buildings back to life ripples across the economy and through local communities, adding upwards of an estimated $3.9 billion to the state’s economic health. Those rehabilitation expenses and their domino effect have also created more than 31,000 full and part-time jobs during a 17-year period and generated an estimated $133 million in state and local tax revenues. Read the 51-page report or see this Preservation Virginia press release highlighting the study's findings.

Archive of Press Releases:

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Updated: 6.15.2016