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Before and After: Local Preservation Effort Wins National Recognition

See an 1870s schoolhouse transform thanks to Loudon County's Historic District Review Committee.

Before restoration: One of the JARB’s 2014 Community Blue Ribbon Awards went to the Bridges’ Schoolhouse Restoration at Claude Moore Park. The building dates back to 1870.
Before restoration: One of the JARB’s 2014 Community Blue Ribbon Awards went to the Bridges’ Schoolhouse Restoration at Claude Moore Park. The building dates back to 1870.

Release: Loudoun County

The Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee has been selected as a recipient of a Commission Excellence Award by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC). The NAPC Commission Excellence Awards recognize and honor the outstanding efforts and achievements of local preservation, historic district, and landmark commissions, and boards of architectural review.

The Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Public Outreach” for its work in honoring the many outstanding preservation projects within Loudoun County and its incorporated towns through the Joint Architectural Review Boards (JARB) Awards Program.  By partnering with the Loudoun Preservation Society to carry out the awards ceremony, the county has helped solidify the relationship between the local governments, private preservation organizations, and residents.

In 2008, the Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee collaborated with its counterparts in Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville to create the Joint Architectural Review Board (JARB) and an annual awards program, which has expanded to include the Community Blue Ribbon Award, honoring a project nominated by the general public.

The award will be presented as part of a ceremony at NAPC’s biennial FORUM conference in Philadelphia on July 19, 2014.

More information about the NAPC is online at http://napc.uga.edu.   More information about the Joint Architectural Review Board and its award program is available online at www.loudoun.gov/jarb or by contacting Lauren Murphy of the Loudoun County Planning Department at 703-777-0246.

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