2016 Annual Meeting

Preservation Piedmont welcomed members to our annual meeting on December 4th, 2016. Members enjoyed refreshments and conversation in Roulhac Toledano's gracious home in the Pink Warehouse in Charlottesville. Ms. Toledano's building is a wonderful example of an adaptive reuse project and we very much appreciated her hosting our annual meeting.

We introduced our new executive board and new board members and we thanked our outgoing executive committee. Jean Hiatt is the outgoing president; Ellen Wagner continues as treasurer, Emma Earnst will serve as 2017 president, and Edwina St. Rose will serve as 2017 vice-president. Kay Slaughter will serve as secretary of our organization.

Gennie Keller presents Susan Spengler a gift of appreciation for her service as vice-president in 2016, president in 2015 and secretary in 2014.

Brian Roy gave a talk on plans to redevelop a 10 acre land area that includes the historic Woolen Mills buildings.

Preservation Piedmont was pleased to honor 2016 recipients for four outstanding preservation projects in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and nearby counties.

The Adaptive Re-Use Award went to King Lumber Partners LLC for the rehabilitation of the King Lumber Building on Preston Avenue. Mark Green and Tom Hickman received the award in the photo.

The Publication Award was presented to Richard Crozier and Deborah McLeod and others for the book "Repository of Missing Places: Paintings of Lost and Kept Charlottesville." This book can be purchased at Chroma Gallery and at New Dominion Book Store.

The Historic Preservation Award went to James Monroe Highland for the unearthing of the foundation of Monroe's original 1799 home and related artifacts.

The Martha Gleason Award was presented to Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond and Edwina St. Rose representing the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery for the efforts to restore and preserve the historic Charlottesville African-American cemetery in Charlottesville.


31st Preservation Virginia Conference

Preservation Virginia is pleased to be hosting the 31st annual Virginia Preservation Conference, an event that brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and people like you from across the Commonwealth. This year’s conference will take place at The Paramount Theater and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street NW, 2nd floor, Charlottesville, on Sunday, October 16th and Monday, October 17th. Following the release of the third and final phase of our Economic Impact Study, the theme of the conference will revolve around expanded definitions of and the positive economic impacts and value of Heritage Tourism in Virginia.  

Visit to view the preliminary program (8/10/16) and for registration information. 


2016 PAPA Annual Gathering

On Thursday, October 6, from 6-8pm, the Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance will host its Annual Gathering of the Historic Preservation Community. Come along for a reception, presentation, and self-guided tours of the newly restored Dome Room at the Rotunda. Please RSVP by September 30 to Mary Joy Scala. More details can be found in the invitation.


Fluvanna County Tour

Pleasant Grove House Museum

On Saturday, September 24th, members enjoyed a tour of the newly restored Pleasant Grove House Museum. Marvin Moss, president of Fluvanna Historical Society, led our tour. The Pleasant Grove House Museum, which won our 2015 preservation award. Built in 1854, it is an excellent example of an adaptive reuse and public/private partnership project as it now houses both county offices and a museum. The house sits on a 936-acre farmsite adjacent to the Rivanna River. Now owned by Fluvanna County, the site offers a Heritage Trail and Pollinator and Community Gardens and hosts the Fluvanna Farmers Market and offers other park activities.

The second part of the program was a car tour through the distinctive village of Palmyra where important historic buildings, such as the Greek Revival courthouse and Old Stone Jail Museum, will be pointed out.

The tour ended with a visit to another wonderful National Register listed property, Glen Burnie, built in 1829 and now owned by our host Marvin Moss. It is an eclectic house architecturally that shares features of late Federal, Greek, Gothic and Jacobean revival styles. The house and 187 acres land are now under a permanent historic easement and includes the historic Glen Burnie Cemetery.

Attendees were invited also to take a tour of the gardens and the nearby chapel/guesthouse housing many Eastern Orthodox icons painted by Father Mefodii, one of the resident monks.

Glen Burnie


Daughters of Zion Cemetery Rededication

The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery May 29, 2016 Rededication event was moved inside to CitySpace on the Downtown Mall in light of an uncertain weather forecast. A standing-room-only crowd was treated to a lively tribute which included inspirational songs, poetry, remarks by Justin Sarafin of Preservation Virginia, Pete Armetta of the Ridge Street Neighborhood Association, and the reading of a Proclamation by Mayor Mike Signer.

After a brief reception and the return of the sun, the group which included descendants who travelled from far and wide gathered at the cemetery where an historic marker sponsored by the City of Charlottesville’s Historic Resources Committee was unveiled and details of the Preservers’ restoration and preservation plans for the cemetery were shared by Monument Conservator Shelley Sass and Landscape Architect Liz Sargent.

The Daughters of Zion Cemetery was established in 1873 by an African American women’s benevolent society who sought to provide a dignified place of burial for African Americans in segregated Charlottesville. The cemetery is listed on the National and State Historic Registers and was designated as a 2016 Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places by Preservation Virginia.


Canal Basin Warehouse Program


On Saturday, May 7, Preservation Piedmont co-sponsored a program with the Scottsville ARB and the Scottsville Museum—"The Building Tells Us What to Do: Restoring the Canal Basin Warehouse"—from 2–5pm. 

This program was a repeat of a successful January event.


Fry's Spring Walking Tour

On Sunday, April 17, Preservation Piedmont celebrated the Fry's Spring Historic District with a neighborhood walking and home tour.

Participants gathered at the Fry's Springs Beach Club at for light refreshments and remarks on the history of the club and neighborhood. They then embarked on a tour of the spring and Jefferson Park Circle, where they explored a few of the fascinating homes built in the early 20th century.   


2016 Preservation Virginia Legislative Reception

From left to right: Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center; Kay Slaughter; Delegate David Toscano; Roulhac Toledano; Maria Chapel.

Preservation Piedmont members attended Preservation Virginia’s annual legislative reception on February 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, the rehabilitated Miller Rhoads Department Store, in downtown Richmond. The reception honored the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Landmarks Register and the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe attended and congratulated the preservation supporters and advocates from across Virginia. The Governor spoke of the economic benefits of historic preservation for tourism in Virginia. Minority Leader David Toscano, who represents Charlottesville and much of Albemarle County, also attended along with a number of other delegates and state senators.


2015 Annual Meeting

Community members from the greater Charlottesville area joined for Preservation Piedmont's 2015 Annual Meeting on December 6 at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative. The meeting helped to kick off the City of Charlottesville's Belmont Historic Survey of 250 buildings, and included a short presentation about the upcoming survey in Belmont.

The annual awards for outstanding historic preservation projects and work in our community were as follows:

  • Preservation Award to the Pleasant Grove House Museum, a public-private partnership of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors and the Fluvanna Historical Society, accepted by Marvin Moss, Former Fluvanna Supervisor, and Judy Mickelson of the Fluvanna County Historical Society.
  • Preservation Award to Riverbend Development, accepted by Joseph Simpson, for the restoration of the Coca-Cola Bottling Works.
  • Martha Gleason Award to the Southern Environmental Law Center, accepted by Travis Pietela, in honor of their 30th anniversary and their preservation efforts in our community.
The following resolutions were adopted:
  • Resolutions recognizing and thanking Satyendra Huja and Dede Smith for their preservation efforts while serving on the Charlottesville City Council. 
  • A resolution in honor and memory of Clarence McClymonds, who was Preservation Piedmont’s first treasurer and a long-time active member, presented by Jean Hiatt and accepted by his wife Marita McClymonds and his daughter, Julie McClymonds-Smith.

2015 Annual PAPA Event

The early October weather could not have been more perfect when Preservation Piedmont joined other area preservation groups at James Madison’s home near the Town of Orange for an annual fall gathering hosted by the Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance (PAPA). The event was graciously sponsored by Montpelier, and President and CEO Kat Imhoff, who held the first PAPA event at Monticello in 2005.

More than sixty attendees were guided on special tours that showcased the many changes made to the mansion this past year. For those who had not recently made the short drive to the Orange County landmark, the house and ground’s restored  appearance to its 19th-century form was especially striking. Before walking back to the Visitor’s Center for a reception, guests made a short detour to view Mr. Madison’s temple, located on top of the plantation ice house.  It was easy to imagine the Madisons entertaining guests in this outdoor location, and serving Dolley’s favorite, oyster ice cream.

Following Kat’s Imhoff’s welcome to the group and introduction of Elizabeth Chew as the new Vice President of Museum Programs, Melanie Miller introduced special guests Alex Ikefuna, the new Director of Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services, and Alice Raucher, the newly appointed Architect for the University of Virginia.  Melanie also presented summaries received from each preservation group, regarding their current activities. By the end of the evening, exciting rumors were circulating that next year’s venue could be UVA’s newly renovated Rotunda.