Alexandria Neighborhoods: Del Ray Begins Historic Preservation Process

Historic preservation is a touchstone for many Virginia communities and our own neighborhood of Del Ray is no different.

The City of Alexandria is now beginning a process that would lead to greater recognition of Del Ray’s historic buildings, particularly its Art Deco and Streamline Moderne structures.

The term Streamline Modern was new to me but it refers to a late type of Art Deco design that emerged in the 1930s emphasizing curving forms, long horizontal lines, and some nautical elements.


Steamline Modern at Bean Creative

Currently, Alexandria has two neighborhoods that are formally recognized by the Historic Preservation Office – Old Town Alexandria and the Parker-Gray District.

In fact, Old Town Alexandria, established in 1946,  is the third oldest historic district in the United States.  Parker-Gray is a relative new comer with recognition coming in 2010.

Neighborhood and business support is vital to this effort.  A kick off meeting will take place tonight at 7pm at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.  For future meetings be sure and check the DRCA Web site.

What a great opportunity to get involved!