WSSI coordinated a survey of approximately 200 properties within the Highland Springs neighborhood, which included single-family homes, churches and other civic buildings and commercial properties. Following the fieldwork, WSSI completed a Preliminary Information Form (PIF) evaluating the entire Highland Springs area’s potential for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. This was done in consultation with the Eastern Regional Preservation Office Architectural Historian.

The Challenge

The purpose of DHR’s Cost Share Program is to work cooperatively with local governments to identify, evaluate, and protect historic resources by sharing the cost of local historic resource documentation and planning projects. The Highland Springs area encompasses ± 360-acres and contains approximately 800 properties. Because of the large size and number of resources, a representative sample needed to be included in the survey.

Our Solution

Because of WSSI’s extensive experience in cultural resource management and historic preservation planning, we assembled a team that was awarded the contract to complete the survey and documentation. The reconnaissance survey included 20 commercial properties and a representative number (180) of the approximately 780 remaining properties, the vast majority of which were single-family detached residential buildings.

Project Facts
  • Owner
    Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR)
  • Location
    Henrico, VA
  • Boyd Sipe, M.A., RPA

    Gainesville, VA

  • John Mullen, M.A., RPA

    Gainesville, VA