Greenway Court Fundraising

Last year, when the Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia was organized, the group chose as its initial direct service project the coordination of efforts to stabilize the three remaining buildings at Lord Fairfax’s Greenway Court in Clarke County. Of the three buildings, the stone Land Office is particularly at risk, as it has a major structural crack. The group received a $47,500 grant from the General Assembly to aid in the stabilization. To date, the NSV Branch has raised nearly $24,500, but still need an additional $23,000 in order to secure the grant funding.

The deadline for fundraising is June 25. If you would like to make a contribution, please make your checks payable to: “Preservation Virginia – NSV Branch”, with memo note “Greenway Court fund”, and send to P.O. Box 14, Boyce, VA 22620.

Please see the brochure for more information on Greenway Court.

Guided Civil War Tours

They’re back! Guided Civil War tours will be offered on First Fridays in downtown Winchester from June through October. The tours will begin at 6 pm and guides will meet in front of the Kurtz Building at 2 N. Cameron Street. Reservations are required and should be made in advance by calling 540-542-1326. The fee is $5 per person.

This Place Matters Photo Campaign

Last year, the National Trust started a campaign called “This Place Matters.” It is a simple campaign: Take a photo of yourself in front of a place that is significant to you. Share why your place matters – be it a nationally recognizable landmark or your favorite local diner, they are all priceless to you, and we want to hear your story.

This year, Preservation of Historic Winchester is asking you to do the same. Here’s how you can share your significant place with us:
Continue reading This Place Matters Photo Campaign

1976 Architectural Survey Images

With the first third of the Winchester National Register District Survey completed, PHW would like to share some images from the 1976 survey as we update to the new survey forms here at the office. East Boscawen Street (from the Loudoun Street Walking Mall to the Mt. Hebron Cemetery Gatehouse) is currently online. Cameron Street will likely be added next. Enjoy this “blast from the past!”

Limestone, Sycamores, and Preservation Seminar

Join speaker Brian Carter Broadus, AIA, Charlottesville, for two lectures on May 19. The first, from 1-3 p.m., is ‘Historic Tax Credits‘; the second, from 3-5 p.m., is ‘Sustainability and Historic Buildings‘. The event will be held at the June E. Jeffrey Education Center, Lewis Jones Knitting Mill, 126 N. Kent St. The seminars are free and open to the public, so please join us!

Window of Opportunity Webinar

Produced by Restore Media, LLC, and underwritten by Marvin Windows and Doors, these three in-depth, 90-minute Webinars will add key facts and useful information to what you already know about working with windows in traditional architectural settings – residential, commercial, and institutional. Presented by leading experts in the field, they’ll cover the history of window design and manufacturing with an eye toward using the knowledge in your work today, explore sustainable windows old and new, and clarify the sometimes mysterious subject of selecting and installing windows in traditional settings.

Course 1: The Making of American Windows – A Present-Minded History
June 2, 2009, 2:00 p.m. ET, 90 minutes, 1.5 HSW/SD

Course 2: Sustainable Windows, Old and New
July 28, 2009, 2:00 p.m. ET, 90 minutes, 1.5 HSW/SD

Course 3: How to Install – Successfully – New Wood Windows in Traditional Settings
November 17, 2009, 2:00 p.m. ET, 90 minutes, 1.5 HSW/SD

Call 802-674-6752 to get more information on continuing education credits or to obtain a group registration form. To register for the webinar, click here. Registration is free!

National Preservation Month Proclamation

Mayor Minor proclaimed May to be National Preservation Month and presented PHW a plaque to that effect. Franklin Wright, PHW’s president, was on hand to present her in turn with a copy of “Winchester: Limestone, Sycamores and Architecture” in appreciation for her support of preservation efforts.

Last night also saw Sandra Bosley thanked before the Frederick County Board of Supervisors for her help on behalf of PHW with a student project concerning the Old Jail at 317 S. Cameron Street. The presentation was part of the Government Services Learning project of four Sherando High School students who successfully researched and applied for a Winchester Historic Plaque.

Winchester Underground: The Lovett Building

Join us for a tour of the Lovett Building (163-165 North Loudoun Street) on May 9 from 2 to 4 PM as part of PHW’s celebration of National Preservation Month. See the beginning phases of this historic tax credit rehabilitation project; subsequent tours will follow the progress of the building. There is no admission cost to this event, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Newsletter Online

A special National Preservation Month edition of PHW’s newsletter is now available online. Click here to read the newsletter (in PDF format).

Don’t forget to nominate some deserving preservation projects and submit “This Place Matters” photos of your favorite places for National Preservation Month!