The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office in Virginia. DHR fosters, encourages, and supports the stewardship and use of Virginia’s significant architectural, archaeological, and historic resources as valuable assets for the economic, educational, social, and cultural benefit of citizens and communities.
As Virginia’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), DHR is mandated to periodically develop and publish a Statewide Comprehensive Preservation Plan (under by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended). In late 2015 DHR completed a new plan, “Today’s Treasure–Tomorrow’s Trust, Virginia’s Comprehensive Preservation Plan, 2016-2021.” As a truly statewide and comprehensive historic preservation plan, this document is intentionally far-reaching and intended both to inspire and to represent the work of the diverse stakeholders who benefit and who shape the future of Virginia’s historic landscape. The goals, objectives, and suggested strategies outlined in the plan target DHR’s next six-year planning cycle, 2016 through 2021. (Higher-resolution PDF for improved image quality here.)
DHR Strategic Plan 2018-2020. Please note: The link to the DHR Strategic Plan leads to the Virginia Performs website, where PDFs are available of DHR’s Strategic Plan. The DHR Strategic Plan 2018-2020 dovetails with DHR’s Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan (above) and also our Work Plan (below).
Biennial Report on the Stewardship and Status of State-Owned Historic Properties, 2017-2019: In 2006, the General Assembly passed a bill that calls for DHR to develop two biennial reports, with the option that they might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned properties. One report consists of two priority lists: (1) A listing of the Commonwealth’s most historically significant state-owned properties that are eligible for, but not designated on, the Virginia Landmarks Register; and (2) a priority list of significant state-owned properties, designated on or eligible for the VLR, which are threatened with the loss of historic integrity or functionality. The second report provides a biennial status update summarizing actions, decisions, and the condition of properties previously identified as priorities in the two lists. As in years past, DHR has combined both of these reports into one.