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DHR Register Program Updates

January, 2020
In this issue:
*Results of DHR's Board Meeting *Grant Opportunities *Registers-Listed Places in the News
*History News from Around Virginia & Elsewhere
Greetings and Happy New Year,*
To keep everyone abreast of DHR’s Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register programs, as well as related news and history, here is our latest update from Lena McDonald, Historian, DHR Register Program.

*Consultants, CLG staff, university faculty, students, and anyone interested in Virginia's landmark register programs and history. (Please share this newsletter with others!)

Results of DHR September Joint Quarterly Board Meeting

Four thumbnail images of new VLR buildings
At their joint meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2019, the Virginia State Review Board and Board of Historic Resources approved the following nominations :
Eastern Region
  1. Courtland Historic District, Town of Courtland, Southampton County, DHR No. 201-5001, Criteria A and C
  2. Franklin High School Gymnasium and Agricultural & Shop Building, City of Franklin, DHR No. 145-5033, Criteria A and C
  3. Mount Gideon, Caroline County, DHR No. 016-0020, Criterion C
  4. Norfolk Fire Department Station No. 12, City of Norfolk, DHR No. 122-1010, Criterion A
  5. Pine Grove Elementary School, Cumberland County, DHR No. 024-5082, Criteria A and C
  6. Campbell Hall, University of Virginia, Albemarle County, DHR No. 104-0133-0077, Criteria A and C
  7. Christ and Grace Episcopal Church, City of Petersburg, DHR No. 123-5506, Criterion C and Criteria Consideration A
  8. Dabbs House, Henrico County, DHR No. 043-0016, Criteria A and C
  9. Fleetwood, Purnell, House, Town of Waverly, Sussex County, DHR No. 323-5031, Criteria B and C
  10. Gardner House, Albemarle County, DHR No. 002-5310, Criterion C
  11. Old Jail of Caroline County, Caroline County, DHR No. 171-0010, Criteria A and C
Northern Region
  1. McDowell Presbyterian Church, Highland County, DHR No. 045-0005, Criteria A and C and Criteria Consideration A
  2. *Rose Hill, Culpeper County, DHR No. 023-0018, Criteria A and C
  3. Sylvania Plant Historic District, Spotsylvania County, DHR No. 088-5545, Criteria A and C
*This nomination was approved by the BHR; however, the SRB lacked quorum to vote on this and will consider the nomination at their March 2020 meeting

Western Region
  1. Doctors Building, City of Danville, DHR No. 108-0056-0161, Criteria A and C
  2. Draper Historic District, Pulaski County, DHR No. 077-0169, Criteria A and C
Preliminary Information Forms (PIFs):
On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the State Review Board approved the following Preliminary Information Forms (PIFs):

Western Region
  1. Carnegie Hall, University of Lynchburg, City of Lynchburg, DHR No. 118-5470-0002, Criteria A and C
  2. Clarkton, Halifax County, DHR No. 041-0048, Criteria A and C
  3. Industrial Building at 1701 12th Street, City of L:ynchburg, DHR No. 118-0103, Criteria A and C
  4. Oakwood, Town of Bedford, Bedford County, DHR No. 141-0063, Criteria B and C
  5. Roberson Mill/Epperly Mill, Floyd County, DHR No. 031-0001, Criteria A and C
  6. Schoolfield Historic District, City of Danville, DHR No. 108-5065, Criteria A and C
Northern Region
  1. Basic City Historic District, City of Waynesboro, DHR No. 136-0007, Criteria A and C
  2. Coates Farm-Cebula Barn, Madison County, DHR No. 056-5050, Criterion C
  3. River Bend, Warren County, DHR No. 093-0010, Criteria A and C
Eastern Region
  1. Boy Scout Troop 111 Cabin, Gloucester County, DHR No. 036-5179, Criteria A and C
  2. Carr-Greer Farmhouse, Albemarle County, DHR No. 002-1229, Criteria A and C
  3. L&J Gardens Historic District, City of Virginia Beach, DHR No. 134-5608, Criteria A and C
  4. Bede Catholic Church, City of Williamsburg, DHR No. 137-0218, Criteria A and C and Criteria Consideration A
  5. Seatack Historic District, City of Virginia Beach, DHR No. 134-0969, Criterion A
  6. Stone Gate, Albemarle County, DHR No. 002-0506, Criterion C
  7. Sugar Hollow School, Albemarle County, DHR No. 002-1134, Criteria A and C
  8. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Buckingham County, DHR No. 014-0025, Criterion C and Criteria Consideration A
  9. Walker-Wilkins-Bloxom Warehouse Historic District, City of Newport News, DHR No. 121-0076, Criteria A and C
Other DNR Board News:
March 2020 Joint Board Meeting
The Virginia Board of Historic Resources and State Review Board next convene on March 19, 2020, to consider new nominations to the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. The meeting will take place in Richmond at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. The draft agenda for Register nominations is expected to include properties in the cities of Williamsburg, Norfolk, Lynchburg, and Roanoke, and the counties of Southampton, Rockingham, Rockbridge, Page, Greene, Hanover, and Culpeper counties.

Register-Listed Places in the News

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Rumors of War statue as it is about to be hoisted onto its pedestal in December. (Photo: Marc Wagner / DHR)
“Rumors of War” at the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Boulevard Historic District in Richmond has a new public art installation courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “Rumors of War” by artist Kehinde Wiley was unveiled on December 10, 2019. The equestrian statue features a young African American man in street clothes and evokes the heroic symbolism of great men on horseback that is a familiar trope in European and American art history. The statue also continues a dialogue with the city’s Confederate statuary along Monument Avenue and elsewhere in Richmond that began with erection of the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson statue in 1973 and now includes statues of Maggie Lena Walker, Arthur Ashe, the Headman Statue (commemorating Richmond’s watermen), and the recently unveiled Women’s Memorial at the Virginia Capitol, which includes figures of Elizabeth Keckley, Maggie L. Walker, Sarah G. Jones, and Virginia E. Randolph. Additional information about “Rumors of War” is provided in news coverage and at VMFA’s website.
Lincoln Homestead. (Photo: Bridget Manley)
Restoring the Lincoln Homestead in Rockingham County
Husband and wife Benjamin and Sarah Bixler recently purchased the long-vacant Lincoln Homestead, where the 16th President's father was born. It remained in the Lincoln family until 1894. The Bixlers' plan to restore the house and farm and "revive the history and stories of all of those living who lived there, including those who were enslaved," writes Bridget Manley in The Citizen. The property was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Place in 1972. The Bixlers also plan to update the register nomination. Read more at this link, and here, too.
Freedom House / Franklin & Armfield Slave Office. (Photo: DHR)
City of Alexandria to Preserve
Freedom House Museum
Alexandria will preserve and interpret the National Historic Landmark, Freedom House Museum, which is housed in the one-time Franklin and Armfield Slave Office, listed on the state and national historic registers in 1978. In December, Governor Ralph Northam recommended state funding of $2.44 million for Freedom House as part of his annual budget proposal to the Virginia General Assembly. "The funds would be used to renovate and restore the existing building and build out the content of an expanded museum on the first and second floors. The current exhibit is in the basement of the museum," according to an online newsletter. The property is under easement with the Virginia Board of Historic Resources.

Grant Opportunities

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African American Cultural Heritage
Action Fund
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting grant applications through January 15, 2020, for projects focused on African American cultural heritage.
To apply, the first step is a Letter of Intent (LOI) that must be submitted by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 11:59 PM local time, through NTHP’s online grants portal. If the LOI is accepted, a full application will be requested of the applicant. Grant awards will be announced in July 2020. If applying for capacity building activities, the organization’s primary mission must be focused on African American cultural heritage. Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. The fund supports work in four primary areas: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. Grants made from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will range from $50,000 to $150,000. Additional information is available at https://forum.savingplaces.org/build/funding/grant-seekers/specialprograms/aachactionfund.
Virginia Union University, Richmond.
(Photo: DHR)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) NPS Grant
In 1988, the National Park Service established the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Preservation grant program to document, preserve, and stabilize structures on HBCU campuses. The HBCU grant program exists to repair historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places either individually or as contributing to a National Register historic district. Projects must meet major program selection criteria and all work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Federal Public Law 116-6 provides $8 million for the HBCU Grant Program during the current federal fiscal year. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by February 4, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The National Park Service will review applications as they are received and may be submitted at any time up until the closing date of this announcement.
An applicant's failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the closing date of this announcement will result in the application being excluded from consideration. This includes but is not limited to late and incomplete application packages. The grant announcement is online at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321335 and the funding opportunity number is P20AS00007.

News from Elsewhere

A house in New Orleans after Hurricane Katina. (Photo: NPS)
NPS Issues Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating
Historic Buildings
Changing weather patterns, stronger hurricanes, and other extreme weather events have increased the risk of flooding, both in terms of frequency and magnitude. Historic properties that have never flooded before are now exposed to this risk, and those that flooded infrequently in the past are experiencing more instances of flooding with water reaching higher levels than ever before.
Property owners may now look to the newly issued Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. These Guidelines are designed to provide information on adapting historic buildings to be more resilient to flooding in a manner that will preserve their historic character and are the most recent edition in a series that includes guidelines for typical rehabilitations and special topics such as sustainability.

The Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings outline adaptation methods that lower a property’s flood risk with the goal of achieving greater resilience while minimizing the adaptation impacts to a building’s historic character. The Guidelines are available at nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation/flood-adaptation.htm.
The ACHP has issued its onsite training schedule for 2020.
Topics will include an introduction to the Section 106 review process mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act, a more advanced seminar focused on successful consultation and
agreement writing strategies, and an advanced seminar for experienced practitioners about problem-solving in complex and controversial situations. Visit https://www.achp.gov/training/classroom for more detailed course descriptions, registration details, and pricing. The ACHP also offers instructor-led live training on specific Section 106 topics through its Webinar Series, available at www.achp.gov/training/webinars. Also, check out the free online e-Learning courses at https://www.achp.gov/training/elearning.
Sabine Hall, Richmond County, Virginia (Photo: DHR)
The Society of Architectural Historians and University of Virginia Press have announced a new open-access, mobile-friendly edition of the SAH Archipedia, an authoritative online encyclopedia of the built environment of the United States developed by SAH and Rotunda, the Press’s digital imprint, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The newly redesigned SAH Archipedia brings peer-reviewed scholarship to a worldwide audience of researchers, students, teachers, preservation advocates, cultural tourists and others interested in learning more about the architectural history of the U.S.
SAH Archipedia contains histories, photographs, and maps for over 20,000 structures and places, and showcases the richness and diversity of architecture and landscapes throughout the U.S.

In addition to building entries, SAH Archipedia includes place-based and thematic essays, comprised of peer-reviewed scholarship contributed by architectural historians nationwide, and lesson plans designed for K-12 educators. Explore SAH Archipedia at sah-archipedia.org.