2016 Winners: Joint Architectural Review Board Preservation Awards
In 2016, the Joint Architectural Review Board (JARB) awarded seven Historic District Design Excellence Awards and three Community Blue Ribbon Awards. The awards were presented on September 15, 2016, 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.
The 2016 Joint Architectural Review Board Award Winners are:
Artists in Middleburg
102 W. Washington Street, Middleburg Historic District
Artists in Middleburg is a local gallery and art studio which seeks to nurture, develop, and provide arts educational opportunities for our community.
Artists in Middleburg utilizes our rich resource of local artists to teach and share their art to strengthen and support the local arts community in Middleburg and the surrounding Piedmont area.
The sign is mahogany with carved black lettering. The integrated horse design captures the unique equestrian heritage of Middleburg.
Amanda’s Regal Canine
: 105 W. Marshall Street, Middleburg Historic District
The sign uses traditional colors with gold lettering and trim on a deep green field with a black border.
It also features a custom, hand-painted portrait of two award-winning dogs groomed by business owner Amanda Zeller, a nationally ranked competitive dog groomer who recently opened her own shop in Middleburg.
: New Construction & Infill Design
303 & 305 South King Street, Leesburg Historic District
Contractor: PR Construction, Inc.
Owner: 303 S. King St. - Jason & Staci Miller
305 S. King St. - Shawn & Jennifer Hoyer
The frame building at 303 South King Street and the masonry building at 305 South King Street were once used as a freight offices and worker apartments in Leesburg’s manufacturing district steps away from the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad (W&OD) depot.
Small in size with no setback from the right-of-way and located on a deep, narrow, sloping lot, the two buildings stood vacant for years. The property was acquired in 2012 and subdivided for development as two single-family homes. A large addition was constructed on the rear of the historic building at 303 South King Street with a new, detached garage built towards the rear of the lot.
At 305 South King Street, the historic masonry building was rehabilitated for accessory use as an office or apartment while a new, stand-alone residence was constructed to the rear. A shared driveway between lots provides access for both homeowners. This project combines sensitive infill construction with historic rehabilitation to create a strong residential anchor for the north end of the Georgetown neighborhood and an improved gateway to the downtown commercial district and W&OD Trail.
New Construction & Infill Design
111 & 113 East Market Street, Leesburg
A & W Courthouse Commons LLC
W. A. Brown Associates, PC
The modest, two-story frame vernacular building at 111 East Market Street was one of a cluster of mid-to-late 19th century houses located at the junction of Market Street, Church Street and Edwards Ferry Road.
Two land parcels were acquired and consolidated for this office development in 2005. With removal of the one-story house constructed in the 1960s and a later 20th century addition, considerable effort and expense was made in the design and construction of the new three-story office building to accommodate this historic building. The complex includes eight professional office suites including an underground parking deck for tenants.
This project combines sensitive infill construction with historic rehabilitation to create a revitalized streetscape along this block of East Market Street.
Restoration & Rehabilitation
McLister Professional Building
101 North King Street, Leesburg
The masonry building at 101 North King Street is a fine late Georgian period townhouse and is the birthplace of Thomas Balch, namesake for Leesburg’s Balch Library. When the law offices of Worcester, Mims and Atwell closed their doors after being occupants of the building for the second half of the 20th century, the building sat vacant for several years.
Purchased in 2014 as an investment property, the building has since been rehabilitated for office and residential use. The sensitive addition of the exterior stair and deck brings a significant historic resource back in to use at the north gateway to the downtown commercial district.
Restoration & Rehabilitation
Walker Phillips House – Porch Restoration
15511 Second Street, Waterford Historic District
The property owner requested approval in 2015 to remove a non-contributing, mid-20th century enclosed porch and return it to a traditional, open porch on the rear ell of the property. The side porch served to connect the kitchen to the side yard.
The applicant has provided documentary photographs showing the porch prior to the 20th century alterations to support the request. The house is a brick, two-and-a-halfstory structure on a stone foundation. The brick veneer (which was likely installed in the 1960s) was completely out of character with the historic structure and the Village of Waterford.
The applicant worked closely with an architect to redesign the porch based on documentary photographs and traditional Waterfordian working porches.
Old Acre Garage Restoration
15640 Second Street, Waterford Historic District
Wendy Roseberry & Brian Whelan
Old Acre was purchased by Wendy Roseberry and Brian Whelan in 2015. Brian is an artist and planned to convert the existing garage into a small studio. The garage had a small carport area and a large roll-up garage door, out of character with the architecture of village outbuildings. The applicants proposed wood “dutch” doors.
The project is nominated for the detail category as an example of a small alteration which made a big difference in the overall appearance of the building and a lasting positive impact on the character of the district. The reuse of the structure as an artist’s studio supports the continuation of historic buildings for new purposes and prolongs the life of the structure.
Community Blue Ribbon
Morven Park Preservation Forum
The Morven Park Preservation Forum, which brought together preservation academics and professionals from all over the eastern seaboard began their discussion in 2013 by asking the essential question: “Why does preservation matter?”
The forum spent the following two years discussing the future of preservation and identifying universally held preservation values. Largely inspired by the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, Jana Shafgoj, Director of Preservation for Morven Park, led the forum in exploring these issues and then further narrowing the mission of preservationists in our fight to keep preservation going for the next 50 years.
The findings of the forum have been presented at regional conferences and to the National Trust for Historic Preservation as means of spurring a nation-wide conversation about Preservation and the importance thereof. The Morven Park Preservation Forum model drew national attention to preservation efforts in Loudoun County and continues to further the importance of preservation in the national conversation.
Category: Community Blue Ribbon
Project: PTO/PTA Coalition from Aldie, Banneker, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lincoln, Middleburg & Waterford Elementary Schools
This Blue Ribbon Award recognizes a small coalition of PTO/PTA members from Aldie, Banneker, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lincoln, Middleburg, and Waterford Elementary Schools who have made large strides in drawing attention to the importance of their community schools in the context of their historic communities.
In a unique and never before seen way, the PTOs and PTAs of each of these seven schools banded together to form a coalition that would work to document the history and historic presence of these community elementary schools as a collective and important heritage resource.
With the support of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the subcommittee most recently worked to secure a Certified Local Government grant to document the historical architectural significance of each individual school and its place within the history of the community. The coalition worked with the Western Loudoun Community Schools foundation to secure a large portion of the funding required for the grant and then raised money themselves to provide the required match in a true collaboration to support historic preservation in their communities in Loudoun County.
Community Blue Ribbon
Selma Mansion Rebirth – Community Engagement Campaign
This Blue Ribbon Award goes to the Selma Mansion Rebirth team. Sharon Virts, Scott Miller and their team launched a world-wide public awareness and community engagement campaign highlighting their meticulous restoration of the historic Selma Mansion.
The emphasis that Sharon and Scott have placed on involving the community in this major restoration project which was desired by so many for so long is unlike anything Loudoun has seen before.
The use of social media has helped to spread word of the restoration across the globe and perhaps more importantly, has helped to engage younger audiences – something that is often difficult for preservations to do and yet, the engagement of young people is essential to the very existence of “preservation” moving forward. The devotion of the Virts/Miller family to restore Selma is commendable itself but their desire to bring the community into the project – digitally and in “real life” has made this project an example going forward and deserving of the Community Blue Ribbon Award.
For More Information
For more information on the JARB, please contact Heidi Siebentritt at 703-777-0246 or by email