How We Preserve
Alexandria’s preservationists and their supporters influence policy makers through coordinated and sustained efforts. We interact regularly with decision makers; we attend public meetings, provide public testimony, analyze proposed architectural change documents, send letters of recommendation to decision makers, partner with like-minded organizations, and maintain an online presence for information sharing.
Public policies in every community dictate which buildings are merely old and which are historically significant. You can play a role in helping to determine the future of historic properties in our neighborhood.
Is there an old structure in Alexandria where the site might be a candidate for historic preservation? The best time to investigate is before the development proposal sign appears. Information about properties is readily available, and you can examine the history of the property in local public archival repositories. Or for assistance, simply obtain the street address, write a few sentences expressing why you think the site might be threatened, and send your information to the Historic Alexandria Foundation at email@example.com. We will conduct preliminary research, and if the property is found to have some potential historic significance, the Foundation will begin to track it as part of our protection efforts.