Old and Historic District (H-1 Overlay District)
With Leesburg’s suburban expansion brought on by the annexation of land in the mid-20th century, the Town Council created a Restoration and Redevelopment Commission in 1962 to study the potential for maintaining the community’s integrity. In 1963, the Council established the Old and Historic District, at a time when there were only 4 such districts in Virginia (Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Williamsburg). When initially designated, the Old and Historic District’s boundaries followed the boundaries of the Town as displayed on the 1878 Gray’s New Map of Leesburg. Since that time, the Old and Historic District has been expanded to its current boundaries.
All exterior projects on properties in the Old and Historic District must be reviewed and approved with the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), prior to beginning work. For many small or minor projects—including fencing, walkways, business signs, and changes in exterior paint colors—the only permit necessary is an administrative approval by the Preservation Planner or other staff. Larger projects—ranging from the construction of a shed to the replacement of windows to the addition of a deck to the building of a new structure—must have approval from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) prior to starting construction.
The Old and Historic District Design Guidelines (see links below) provide property owners the guidance necessary to plan a project. A Design Review Procedures Manual was developed to provide information on the design review process in Leesburg.
Application Form and Information
Old and Historic District Design Guidelines (2009)
Cover, Acknowledgements, Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Preservation Basics for Rehabilitation
Chapter 3: Architectural & Development Overview
Chapter 4: Site Design Guidelines
Chapter 5: Guidelines for Existing Buildings - Style & Design
Chapter 6: Guidelines for Existing Buildings - Materials
Chapter 7: Guidelines for Additions and New Construction
Chapter 8: Demolition & Relocation of Existing Structures
Appendix A: Secretary of the Interior standards
Appendix B: Maintenance & Rehabilitation
Appendix C: Federal, State & Local Incentives
Appendix D: Glossary
Appendix E: References & Resources
Appendix F: Pertaining Zoning Ordinances
Related Links for Historic Buildings