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Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Save the Date: 2015 Del Ray Residential Architecture Conference

Save the Date: 2015 Del Ray Residential Architecture Conference

If you love local architecture and history as much as we do, you’ll want to save the date for the Del Ray Residential Architecture Conference on September 19 sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association. The event marks the public release of the new Del Ray Pattern Book, a “user-friendly, non-binding, residential architectural pattern book for the Del Ray neighborhood.” The book will be helpful for anyone wishing to make alterations to their homes while maintaining historical design elements. Following the conference, directions will be provided for a self-guided walking tour, taking you by the many different types of architecture we have in the neighborhood. There will also be a preview of some of the homes to be featured on the 2016 Del Ray House & Garden Tour. We don’t know which homes will be highlighted quite yet, but for sure there will be some bungalows, colonials, farmhouses and Sears kit homes similar to these: Stephanie Sample, a historic preservation planner with the city of Alexandria, also tells us...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 | 3 comments

Art Deco Alive in Del Ray

Art Deco Alive in Del Ray

Del Ray is rich with architectural history — bungalows, Victorians, post-war rowhouses, and century old farmhouses sprinkle Del Ray’s grid. But take a walk along Mt. Vernon Ave. and it’s hard to miss one of Del Ray’s biggest influences, Art Deco. I’m a huge fan of the fashion and style of the 1920s and 1930s, so when I found out the Del Ray Citizens Association was co-sponsoring a historic preservation conference with an emphasis on Art Deco, I knew I had to attend. The conference was held last weekend in the cafeteria of George Washington Middle School, one of Del Ray’s finest examples of the Art Deco style. The name Art Deco comes from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. The style’s characteristic geometric shapes, vertical lines and ornamentation can be seen in skyscrapers, offices and commercial buildings around the world. In Del Ray, you’ll see Art Deco all along the Avenue. The chevron pattern over the entrance to Potomac West Antiques is classic Art Deco. More Art Deco ornamentation can...

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