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2015 Joint Architectural Review Board Winners
In 2015, the Joint Architectural Review Board (JARB) awarded nine Historic District Design Excellence Awards in five categories and three Community Blue Ribbon Awards.  The awards were presented September 17, 2015, at a ceremony at the Thomas Birkby House in the Leesburg Old & Historic District.  The awards presentation was part of the annual event hosted in partnership with the Loudoun Preservation Society.

Information about the 2015 Joint Architectural Review Board Award Winners can be found below. (Click on the images for larger views.) 

 Highcliffe Clothiers
Category: Signage
Project: Highcliffe Clothiers
Property: 112 W. Washington Street, Middleburg Historic District
Owner: Mark Metzger & Phillip Miller

Middleburg is known for excellent signage and this addition to the Middleburg Historic District is no exception. The JARB recognized the Highcliffe Clothiers sign which incorporated the classical details, reminiscent of a coat of arms, as well as the use of the traditional blue and gold racing colors motif.

Category: New Construction 
 Federal Street Partnership Building

Project: Federal Street Partnership Building
Property: 210 E. Federal Street, Middleburg Historic District
Owner: Federal Street Partners, LLC

This new, two-story, approximately 9,000-square-foot office building is located on the corner of Federal and Jay Streets in the Middleburg Historic District.  The JARB recognized the building for its blend of traditional materials and design elements which pay homage to the historic character of Middleburg.


Category: New Construction
 2 Ayr Street Before  2 Ayr Street After
 4 Ayr Street Before  4 Ayr Street After

Project: Infill Development on Ayr Street
Property: 2 & 4 Ayr Street SW, Leesburg Old & Historic District
Owner: Joseph Hoban & Robert and Victoria Polk

2 & 4 Ayr Street in the Leesburg Historic District were simple, frame vernacular dwellings constructed in the early 20th century that housed workers and their families employed in the numerous small industries that once were located downtown. With the shift in the local economy over recent decades resulting in the shuttering of mills and warehouses in the central business district, these modest houses became less desirable as residences and reached a point where their deterioration and under-utilization required substantial rehabilitation. 

In 2007, PR Construction acquired these properties and proposed a design to retrofit the two new homes that added the necessary space and conveniences for modern living while embracing the historic character of the contributing buildings.  Substantial effort went into preserving the historic fabric, including moving entire sections of the structures to a warehouse to continue rehabilitation during a major storm.

Category: Restoration & Rehabilitation
 Babson Estate Workshop and Well
Babson Estate Workshop & Well
Property: 302 North King Street, Leesburg Old & Historic District
Owner: St. John the Apostle Catholic Church

The one-room, masonry-vernacular outbuilding with slate roof, exposed timbers and brick nogging and the well were once associated with an historic residential estate located on the outskirts of Leesburg dating as far back as the 1850s.  The property was acquired by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington in 1986 and also includes the site of Leesburg’s 2014 JARB Award winner--the recently-constructed St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.  The JARB recognized this project for the willingness of this parish to not only construct a beautiful church edifice compatible with the adjacent historic district, but to be responsible stewards of the historic resources associated with the former estate, as well. 

 Old Goose Creek Meeting House Entryway Restoration
Category: Restoration & Rehabilitation
Project: Old Goose Creek Meeting House entryway restoration
Property: 18215 Lincoln Road, Goose Creek Historic District
Owner: The Cochran Family

The original Goose Creek meeting house was built circa 1765.  In 2014, the Cochrans proposed to restore the entry way, which faces Lincoln and Foundry Roads at a prominent cross road in Lincoln, including the restoration of a small porch roof that was added in the early 19th century and removed some time in the 1960s. The new entryway features a simple roof over the threshold, compatible with the Quaker architecture of Lincoln and was designed to match as closely as possible the original roof based on archival research.  New entryway doors which replicate the design of the original doors to the meeting house were installed as were wood storm doors to further protect the entryway.  The historic, and iconic, masonry of the meeting house was repointed and original door frames were repaired where possible or replaced in kind.  The JARB recognized the project with a 2015 Historic District Design Excellence award for the immaculate attention to detail paid by the Cochran family during this restoration of one of the county’s most iconic Quaker structures.

 Miller's House Porch Restoration
 Collum Porch Restoration After
Category: Restoration and Rehabilitation
Project: Miller’s House Porch Restoration
Property: 23230 Meetinghouse Lane, Aldie Historic District
Owner: Malcolm & Marla Collum

The JARB recognized the restoration of the front porch to the Aldie Miller’s House, located directly behind the historic Aldie Mill, with a 2015 award for restoration and rehabilitation.  The Collums were commended for their meticulous attention to detail in reconstruction the Victorian-era front porch which was removed sometime in the mid to late 20th century.  The Collums conducted extensive research, including archaeological research on the property, including archaeology to locate the original footprint, and based the new design on that of the original porch.  The result is a new entry way that replicates the Victorian-era porch.  The Collums are also excellent stewards of this historic resource and work in partnership with the Aldie Mill for interpretation of their property.



 Fireman's Field 1           
Fireman's Field 2 
Category: Landscape Features and Public Spaces
Project: Fireman’s Field
Property: Nursery Avenue, Purcellville Historic District
Owner: Town of Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville recently completed the last phase of a seven-year project at Fireman’s Field that included extensive infrastructure, landscaping and building improvements.
The Master Plan for Fireman’s Field included the renovation of the historic Bush Tabernacle, the redesign of parking areas to create safe vehicular and pedestrian travel ways, construction of two new support buildings, improvements to the baseball fields, and the reforestation of portions of the park.  The parking lots were designed to incorporate low-impact design features such as rain gardens,  vegetated drainage swales  and  pervious pavers which are sensitive to the environment and enable rainwater to infiltrate back into the ground in a slower more natural process.  Also highlighted at Fireman’s Field is the Town’s September 11 Memorial which contains a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center,  stone from Shanksville, Pennsylvania and a commemorative plaque.  The Master Plan and completed work at Fireman’s Field serve as an example of how quality landscape design, environmental stewardship and historic preservation can work together to shape a public space and enhance a century old community asset.

 Gate at Arch House
Category: Details
Project: Gate at Arch House
Property: 40176 Main Street, Waterford Historic District
Owner: Patricia Mogannam

Sometimes even the smallest details make the biggest difference.  The gate, seen here at the Arch House on Main Street in Waterford is proof of just that.  The gate, which was designed and constructed by Alan Cochran, is based on research and documentary photographs of the original gate on the late 18th century masonry town home in the heart of Historic Waterford.  The original gate was installed by 1880.  All of the construction details, including hardware, were designed based on the period of construction for the original gate.  The JARB recognized the project for its attention to detail and the devotion of Ms. Patricia Mogannam to preserving the character of her historic home, right down to the smallest detail. 

 Solar Panels at Boxwood Walk
 Solar Panels at Boxwood Walk
Category: Details
Project: Solar Panels at Boxwood Walk
Property: 15707 Clarks Gap Road, Waterford Historic District
Owner: Armand & Tracy Balboni

Also selected for an award in the “details” category is the solar panel project at Boxwood Walk in Waterford, residence of Armand and Tracy Balboni.  The solar panel project is one of only a few in the county’s historic districts and is unique in its attention to detail in preserving the character of this historic home.  The Balboni family took great care when installing the panels to protect the historic character and the historic materials of their circa 1816 property.  A special racking system and clips were chosen to avoid damage to the standing seam metal roof and the panel locations were selected to minimize visibility from the Historic District.  Further – the Balbonis have confirmed that the system is working as expected and they are able to return energy to the grid – proving that historic buildings can be modernized, energy efficient, and “green.” 


 Restoration of Echo Hill
Category: Community Blue Ribbon
Project: Restoration of Echo Hill
Property: 15514 Loyalty Road, Waterford

The JARB selected the restoration of the Victorian home, known as Echo Hill, just outside the Village of Waterford on Loyalty Road as a 2015 Community Blue Ribbon Award.  The award was in recognition of the efforts of the owners over the last ten years to lovingly restore the home.  The addition and renovations exhibit the highest quality of design, materials and execution in an effort to preserve the beautiful circa 1890 house.  While Echo Hill is within the National Historic Landmark for Waterford, the property is located outside of the county’s local Waterford historic district – yet the quality of the work and the attention to details and design reflects only the highest craftsmanship.

Category: Community Blue Ribbon
 Anniversary of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership  Anniversary of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

Project: 10th Anniversary of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

Ten years ago, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Partnership was founded with a goal of creating local, regional, and national awareness of “Where America Happened™”.  This 180-mile swath of land contains more history than any other region of the country – including National and World Heritage sites, 49 National Historic districts, 9 Presidential sites, 13 National Park units, hundreds of African American and Native American heritage sites, and the largest collection of Civil War sites in the nation. 

This region was designated the 38th National Heritage Area by Congress in 2008.  And in 2009, Congress designated Route 15 the JTHG National Scenic Byway.  Loudoun County has been very fortunate to be the official “home” of the Journey for the last ten years and applaud the Journey’s many accomplishments, including the Living Legacy Tree Program, the Of the Student/By the Student/For the Student program, the certified Tourism Ambassador program, and many others all under the leadership of founding president and CEO, Cate McGinnis Wyatt and we look forward to the future endeavors under William Sellers. 

Photos Courtesy of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.

Category: Community Blue Ribbon
 Oatlands  Oatlands

Project: “Telling All of Our Stories” and “Reclaim Your Story” Project - Oatlands

This project is an exemplary preservation project currently being undertaken by Oatlands in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun and the Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.  Since April 2015 when the partnership began, the project has involved the dedication of two Civil War Trails markers about the enslaved at Oatlands and those who started their new lives after emancipation at Gleedsville. Many descendants of former slaves gathered at an event to mark the unveiling of the signs to commemorate their ancestors and share stories.  The Civil War Trails sign is seen here as is a photo of Kevin Grigsby, descendent of Sophia and Jacob Howard, talking with descendants of the Thornton and Day families.
Another major part of the project is a database created to record every reference to a named slave. The goal was to provide a source for locating ancestors or certain individuals and learning more about the people who were enslaved at Oatlands and Bellefield.  The first phase consists of names extracted from George Carter's will and Elizabeth Carter's diary and contains over 900 entries and approximately 120 distinct names, many of which are seen here on the screen. Future phases will include names from family wills, ledger books, and other primary and secondary source documents. The database is searchable and accessible online.  This project recognizes and brings to the forefront the stories of the enslaved African American population which was silenced for so long.  For more information visit www.oatlands.org.

Photos Courtesy of Oatlands.

For More Information
For more information on the JARB, please contact Lauren Murphy at 703-777-0246 or be email.

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