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About DHR

Organizational Chart for DHR

Contacting DHR:

The headquarters of the Department of Historic Resources is located at:
2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221

Phone:  (804) 482-6446 (receptionist)
Fax:      (804) 367-2391

We also have three regional preservation offices:

  • Eastern Region Preservation Office (Richmond)
  • Western Region Preservation Office (Salem)
  • Northern Region Preservation Office (Stephens City)

For more information about, and the location of the regional office serving your locality, visit our Regional Preservation Offices web page.

For a listing of DHR staff phone numbers, visit our Staff Directory.

Or for a list DHR divisions and their respective staff, visit our Divisions Directory.

Online Contact Form

DHR’s Administrative Services Division is based in our Richmond headquarters. If you need assistance for fiscal-related matters at DHR, please contact either

  • Geri Hayes, Director, Administrative Services Division (804) 482-6083; or
  • Dhaval Patel, Finance & Grants Manager (804) 482-6458

DHR’s Mission:

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.

DHR Publications

Follow this link to a listing of publications from DHR and the National Park Service, many available online.

DHR Guidance and Planning Documents:

Our mission is guided by the following documents:

  • 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).
  • DHR Work Plan Summary, October 2020 to September 2021: This annual document dovetails with DHR’s Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan (above)

DHR Reports:

  • 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.

Updated May 18, 2021