Historic Alexandria Foundation Plaque Program
The Historic Alexandria Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
preservation of Alexandria's historic and architectural heritage. One of the methods
used is to award plaques to those buildings that have retained their architectural
integrity and that are at least one hundred years old.
Program History. When the first plaques were issued as a pioneer effort
in the 1960s, firm standards and criteria had not been established. Plaques were awarded
primarily on the basis of age, regardless of alterations. Starting in 1977, the determining
basis became a listing in Historic Alexandria, Street by Street, written by Ethelyn Cox,
and published by the Foundation.
In the 1980s our standards were revised. In addition to being one hundred years old,
houses must have architectural integrity to receive a plaque. Buildings throughout the
city that are one hundred years old and that have architectural integrity may be eligible
for a plaque. The plaques are now awarded only after an inspection by an independent
consulting architect or architectural historian, using the criteria listed below.
The plaques also have a new look; they are bronze, as compared to the earlier aluminum plaques.
The plaques are a symbol of stewardship. Owners of these special houses are stewards of
Alexandria's architectural heritage. Members of the Foundation are always available to
offer advice on the proper methods of conserving or restoring these historic buildings.
The Foundation’s objective is to increase the number of plaques on qualifying properties