Meetings Scheduled on Nomination of Laurel Hill to National Register of Historic Places


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Aug. 22, 2005

 

Meetings Scheduled on Nomination of Laurel Hill
to National Register of Historic Places

A series of public meetings is scheduled on the nomination of a portion of Laurel Hill and the former District of Columbia Department of Corrections prison site to the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Sept. 22, Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland will sponsor a community meeting on the nomination.
    7:30 p.m., South County High School, Room 103, 8307-A Silverbrook Road, Lorton
  • Oct. 5, Fairfax County History Commission will discuss the nomination.
    7:30 p.m., Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax
  • Oct. 13, Fairfax County Architectural Review Board will discuss the nomination.
    6:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9 & 10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
  • Oct. 17, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing.
    4:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
  • Oct. 25, Virginia Department of Historic Resources will hold its public hearing as required by state code.
    7 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 4 & 5, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
  • Nov. 2, Fairfax County History Commission will complete its formal review, comment and recommendation as required.
    7:30 p.m., Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax
  • Nov. 10, Fairfax County Architectural Review Board will complete its formal review, comment and recommendation as required.
    6:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9 & 10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax

The proposed “D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District” encompasses approximately 500 acres of the former prison site, including the rolling Piedmont landscape with traditional farm structures, as well as the former reformatory, penitentiary and the Occoquan workhouse. These three facilities were built in the Colonial Revival style with bricks baked in onsite kilns dating to approximately 1916. Laurel Hill is historically significant for its embrace of President Theodore Roosevelt’s desire for a prison focusing on the rehabilitation of inmates, and it served as a model for Progressive Era correctional facilities. The property served as the site of the District of Columbia Prison from 1910 to 2001.

The entire area of Laurel Hill, approximately 2,400 acres, was transferred to county ownership in 2002.

Following this series of meetings, the State Review Board and Historic Resources Board will consider the nomination at their Dec. 7 public meetings in Richmond. In late December, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources is scheduled to forward the nomination to the National Park Service. A final decision about placement on the National Register of Historic Places is scheduled for late February or early March 2006.

The benefits of having properties listed on the National Register include qualification for tax credits useful for offsetting the cost of rehabilitation; the ability to apply for grants available only to designated properties; recognition of the historic value of a site; and demonstrating good stewardship to protect the historically significant features of the property.

For more information about the county public meetings, including reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Linda Blank, historic preservation planner, at 703-324-1380, TTY 711. For more information on the Virginia Department of Historic Resources hearing scheduled for Oct. 25, including requesting a copy of the district nomination and boundary map, contact Jean McRae at 804-367-2323 (extension 102), TTY 711, or via e-mail at jean.mcrae@dhr.virginia.gov. This information is scheduled to be published mid to late September.

For more information about Laurel Hill, including the latest news and development updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill. To subscribe to the Laurel Hill e-mail newsletter, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/email/lists and select “Laurel Hill News and Project Status.”

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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