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Parker-Gray District Board of Architectural Review  

The Parker-Gray Board of Architectural Review regulates a 40 block area situated west of Washington Street extending north to south from First Street to Cameron Street and from east to west from Alfred Street to N. West Street. The Parker Gray District is named for the Parker Gray School which opened in 1920. The school was named in commemoration of John Parker and Sarah Gray who had been principals of two segregared schools, the Snowden School for Boys and the Hallowell School for Girls in Alexandria during the latter part of the 19th century.


Attention: The Parker Gray BAR hearing on October 22, 2014 will be held at 6:00 PM.

 Upcoming Event: "Parker-Gray Historic District - Evolution of a Neighborhood"

A presentation for the Alexandria Historical Society on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street.

Thirty years ago the area known as Parker-Gray, in the northwest quadrant of Old Town Alexandria, was designated as a local historic district. Catherine Miliaras and Stephanie Sample, both Historic Preservation Planners for the City of Alexandria, will share their expertise on this neighborhood originally known as “Uptown”. Their presentation – “Alexandria’s Parker-Gray District: Then and Now” will focus on how this area – and historic preservation in Alexandria - has evolved over the past thirty years.  Cities across the country have faced the challenges of finding the balance between revitalization, neighborhood conservation and gentrification and Alexandria’s Parker-Gray District highlights many of the challenges and opportunities.  This talk will examine the circumstances surrounding the establishment of the local historic district and examine how historic preservation philosophy and practice has evolved in Alexandria.

Parker-Gray Board of Architectural Review Members

The Parker-Gray District Board is composed of seven members who are residents of the City of Alexandria. The Historic District Ordinance requires that at least two of the Board's members be architects. Members of the Board are appointed by City Council for three year terms with a maximum of 10 consecutive years

Robert Duffy, Chairman Mr. Duffy was appointed to the BAR in 2010 and is an urban planner by profession (term expires 9/11/2015).

Theresa del Ninno, Vice Chairwoman Ms. del Ninno was appointed to the BAR in 2011 and is an architect by profession (term expires 5/10/2014).

William Conkey Mr. Conkey was appointed to the BAR in 2008 and is an architect by profession (term expires 6/30/2015).

Purvi Irwin was newly appointed to the BAR in 2012 and is a preservation architect by profession (term expires 6/30/2015).

Philip Moffat was appointed to the BAR in 2006 and is an attorney by profession (term expires 6/25/2016).

Brendan Owens was appointed to the BAR in 2012 and is a green building specialist (term expires 6/25/2016).

Matthew Slowick was appointed to the BAR in 2011 and is an attorney by profession (term expires 9/13/2014).


Parker-Gray Public Hearings

Dockets, Staff Reports, & Webcasts (September 12, 2012 - Present)

Dockets, Staff Reports, & Webcasts (April 1, 2009 - July 18, 2012)

Dockets & Staff Reports (January 12, 2000 - September 14, 2011)


Parker-Gray Administrative Approvals Under new Residential Reference Guide

October 21, 2013 - Present 



Historic District Information

Historic District Map  

Historic District Addresses  

National Register District Information 




301 King Street, Room 2100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6393

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.