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May 2017 Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Apr 5, 2017

 Staunton “White Elephants” Walking tour meets in R.R. Smith Center Memorial Garden Friday, May 5 @ 12 Noon   Staunton has roughly 195,000 square feet of underutilized or vacant space in eleven historic buildings all within a three quarter mile radius (walking distance) of downtown. Our community shines with examples of adaptively reused historic buildings. Many of the successful projects are buildings of “manageable” size. They tend to be easier to adapt to business and reuse plans. However, we also have prime examples of large building rehabilitation. “White Elephant”...

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The History of the Augusta County Courthouse

Posted on Mar 6, 2017

We are pleased to have historian Nancy Sorrells join us to present the History of the Augusta County Courthouse. The History of the Augusta County Courthouse Slide Presentation

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Rehabilitating 231 Sycamore Street

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Our 2017 HSF Preservation Brown Bag series continues by looking at how selected award-winning projects came about. What is the process of imagining, designing, and building a residential rehabilitation project? HSF is pleased to have Kelly Grantier discuss her rehabilitation project of 231 Sycamore Street – winner of an HSF 2016 Residential Preservation Award. Built in 1911, this property was purchased as a two unit dwelling then converted back to a single family home. With great attention to detail, and retaining original historic features, Kelly highlighted the beauty of her project by...

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2017 Virginia Preservation Legislation

Posted on Jan 27, 2017

The Virginia Legislature is considering bills that may limit the effective use of Historic Tax Credits. The Virginia HTC is one of the best programs in the U.S. and a true economic engine for the Commonwealth.  Please visit Preservation Virginia to learn more and contact your representatives to express support for Virginia’s excellent historic preservation programs. Economic Benefits Rehabilitation tax credit projects support jobs, strengthen communities, create spaces that support businesses and provide housing, and generate state and local tax revenue. Virginia’s rehabilitation tax credit...

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45th Annual Meeting

Posted on Jan 12, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017 R.R. Smith Center 1st Floor Art Galleries Members’ Annual Meeting 4:00 pm New Member & Sponsor Reception 3:30 pm Historic Staunton Foundation’s 2016 Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 22nd. We will discuss the year in review, present the 2016 Preservation Award winners, and elect new board members.  Prior to the meeting, there will be a New Member & Sponsor Reception. We encourage all new members and sponsors to stop by at 3:30 to introduce yourself and speak with board members about HSF’s mission, benefits, and events. We hope to see you...

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Casa Blanca, reimagining 217 North Madison Street

Posted on Dec 30, 2016

Casa Blanca, reimagining 217 North Madison Street Friday, January 6th @ 12 Noon We begin the 2017 HSF Preservation Brown Bag series by looking at how selected award winning projects came about. What is the process of imagining, designing, and building a residential rehabilitation project? 217 North Madison Street was the recipient of a 2015 HSF Award for Residential Rehabilitation and also included on the 2016 Holiday House Tour. Constructed between 1904 and 1909, this home is a two story, wood frame house with a simple hip, standing seam metal roof and full width front porch – typical...

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2016 Holiday House Tour

Posted on Dec 1, 2016

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Stuart Hall/Reservoir Hill Neighborhood, location of the 44th Annual Holiday House Tour

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

2016 Holiday House Tour Walk Friday, November 4th @ 12 Noon Tour meets on the sidewalk in front of Stuart Hall School at the corner of N. Washington and W. Frederick Streets. Historic Staunton Foundation’s 44th annual Holiday House Tour, “Celebrating the Diversity of Historic Architecture,” invites you to walk the Stuart Hall/Reservoir Hill neighborhood of the Newtown Historic District. Diverse architecture describes a mixture and range of architectural styles and community growth.  At the center of this year’s tour is the grand Stuart Hall, a symbol of Staunton’s history of being a...

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Take Action to Preserve the Courts

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

The future of the Augusta County Courthouse will be decided on November 8. If the referendum passes to move the county courts and county seat to Verona, there is no guarantee that the county, the city or private business will find a practical use for one of the most significant historic properties in our region. Abandonment of the 1901 Courthouse as a functioning court could also threaten the character and viability of other historic properties nearby. Both the city and the county benefit from the preservation of the historic character of downtown Staunton. The daily function and vibrant...

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Selma Neighborhood Walking Tour

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

On Friday October 7, at twelve noon, we will visit the Selma neighborhood, located just north of Gypsy Hill Park. During our visit we will discuss the rich and diverse range of residential architectural styles along Selma Boulevard and take a look at the 1850, Greek Revival, Selma House, once the central manor house of a 790 acre plantation. We will discuss the impacts of changes in the streets and sidewalks on the neighborhood, look at yard, and garden details, and end at the cluster of historic commercial buildings anchoring the southwest corner of the neighborhood along Spring Hill Road....

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