STRASBURG — Postcards will be going out to about 380 addresses of historic homes and other buildings in coming weeks.
Discussing the postcard at a Thursday meeting, the town’s Architectural Review Board said the cards will be mailed around to structures around the town’s historic district.
Bearing the words, “Strasburg Virginia: the historic side,” the suggested postcard design features photos taken by Linda Wheeler, vice-chairperson of the Architectural Review Board.
The card design includes images of various downtown homes, ironwork, gates and gables, along with the sign atop the Hotel Strasburg.
“When you look at it, we’re kind of charming,” Wheeler said at the meeting.
The back of the card is emblazoned with the town’s logo, along with a letter to area property owners:
“Dear Historic Strasburg Property Owner,
“Congratulations on owning a piece of Strasburg history. We wish to let you know that a Certificate of Appropriateness is needed from the Town of Strasburg Zoning Administrator or Architectural Review Board before certain changes are made to a property in the Strasburg Historic District. As you consider exterior building alterations or accessory structures such as sheds, we highly encourage you to visit the Town’s website for additional information at: www.strasburgva.com/planning/page/historic-district.
“The Town staff is happy to answer your questions and guide you through the process!”
Strasburg has about 350 structures covered by its historic district regulations, according to the town’s website, https://www.strasburgva.com/planning/page/historic-district.
“The purpose of the Historic District,” it says, “... is to protect and preserve the old and historic districts of the Town and individual landmarks located within those districts.
“As with most districts of its type in Virginia, virtually all exterior additions/alterations (to include demolition, new construction, signage, etc.) necessitate some form of review and decision/recommendation from the Town’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).”
The postcard will be printed and mailed once the design and list of addresses are finalized. The town might also print extras to bring around to real estate offices and others.
The board is considering doing this again in a year or two, using different images, said Planning & Zoning Administrator Lee Pambid. Instead of a postcard, it might be presented as a newsletter insert.
“One of the other ideas that staff has for similar historic district postcard images is a scavenger hunt of the little architectural features and details,” Pambid wrote in a Friday email. “It’s a fun take on the traditional directed historic district walking tour that highlight specific properties and sites. Instead, people would go looking for these architectural features or historic facts and tidbits.”
Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved an application for a certificate of appropriateness to build a custom shed in the rear of a property at 267 W. Queen St. in the historic district. The shed will be wooden and red with white trim, featuring a black metal roof.
Attending the meeting were Chairperson Ashleigh Kimmons, Vice-Chairperson Linda Wheeler, Bobbi Poling, Michael Redden, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson and Planning & Zoning Administrator Lee Pambid. James Massey was absent.