Holmes Run Acres Honored

On December 6, 2006, the Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved Holmes Run Acres for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register. On March 22, 2007 the National Park Service approved the community for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The neighborhood had two primary objectives in seeking these designations:

  • To acknowledge and preserve the architectural integrity of our community.
  • To keep the unique spirit of the community alive by encouraging architectural and construction integrity.

These are honorary designations for our neighborhood and do not impose any restrictions or limitations on houses in the community nor any restrictions or limitations on house modifications, remodeling, or additions.

The web site for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the best source for information relating to the historic designations. Also, Holmes Run Acre's Historic Register Nomination is available for those interested in reading it. The summary and historical information appears in Section 8 of the Nomination, beginning on page 64.

The Holmes Run Acres Civic Association paid for the cost of the nomination and supported the effort with volunteer hours. A number of people worked very hard to bring about this distinction. It is estimated that they contributed 60 volunteer days with a value of $19,000. The committee members are Chris Rupp, Patience Herren, Paul Gillis, Dena Affholder, Christiane deJong, Vicki Hancock, John Purvis, Amy Eggers, Edith and Tom Forde, Bonnie Rupp, Mike Keefe, Chris Mullins, Robert Bryan, and Mary David. Gail Baker is the consultant who worked with us throughout the process and wrote our application. Her assistance was invaluable. EHT Traceries, an architectural history and architectural preservation consulting firm, also made a great contribution.