What We Do
The Advocacy Committee was created to give Preservation Piedmont an active voice in local public processes related to development. Advocacy reviews and comments on new codes and legislation, petitions for the preservation of buildings that are threatened by development, and keeps members up to date on issues affecting the built environment.
Alarmed at the rapidly increasing loss of Charlottesville's architectural fabric, Preservation Piedmont initiated a City-wide program called 'Document Before Demolish'. The program aims to record jeopardized historic structures through photography, field notes, and, under special circumstances, measured drawings.
In March of 2004, Preservation Piedmont submitted a request that the City of Charlottesville adopt the Document Before Demolish program as a requirement of the demolition application process. In support of this request, Preservation Piedmont designed a simple, two-page documentation form (PDF) to be submitted with accompanying site sketch plan and photographs that could be completed within a short period of time. The program has the support of the Neighborhood Development Services Department but has not yet been adopted by the City of Charlottesville.
In the interim, Preservation Piedmont has arranged to receive notifications of demolition applications from the City. Once notified, members of Preservation Piedmont go out with camera and documentation forms in hand to record each property slated for demolition. All field records and data generated by the program are temporarily stored in Preservation Piedmont archives and are available upon request.
The Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance (PAPA) is a regional umbrella organization formed in 2007 by a Preservation Piedmont steering committee to encourage preservation organizations to build a communication network. Its stated mission is to sustain the cultural and ecological resources of Central Virginia.
The PAPA organization facilitates sharing of organizational news primarily at an annual gathering. The social and networking event is hosted by one of the member organizations, and is usually held at a historic building. Each organization is asked to have a representative make a short presentation about their organization’s recent activities. The current membership of each PAPA member organization is invited to attend, along with local and state government elected and appointed officials. In May 2018, seventeen organizations participated at the Morven event. PAPA invites your organization to participate in the fall 2019 PAPA “Preservation Week” event TBA!
Past PAPA annual events were held at the following locations:
2006 Cloverfields Farm
2007 Blenheim Farm
2008 Garrett Hall, UVA
2009 Woolen Mills Fall Tour and Open Houses
2012 City Space
2013 Pink Warehouse
2014 Miller Center
2016 The Rotunda, UVA