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The Richmond Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) was established by City Council in 1957. The CAR is the city's official historic preservation body and is charged with reviewing all exterior changes to structures within the city's Old and Historic Districts and issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for those projects that it deems to be appropriate.

The CAR bases all its decisions generally on the Secretary of the interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and New Construction; and specifically on the Richmond Old & Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines (14 MB), adopted in 1999.

When a neighborhood organization or other applicable entity submits a nomination request, the CAR oversees the process for designation of Old and Historic Districts and makes a final recommendation for designation to City Council.

The CAR also assists and advises City Council, all city boards and departments, and property owners in matters involving historic resources relating to appropriate land use, zoning, and other issues.

Membership Composition

The CAR is composed of nine members appointed by City Council. Five of the members are citizens-at-large while the remaining four are appointed from a list of nominees from the Better Housing Coalition, the The American Institute of Architects Richmond (Virginia) Chapter , the Historic Richmond Foundation, and the Richmond Association of Realtors.

The current members are as follows.

Members Affiliation
Mr. Joseph F. Yates, Chair Historic Richmond Foundation
Mr. Bryan Clark Green, Vice-Chair Citizen-at-large
Ms. Rebecca Aarons-Sydnor Better Housing Coalition
Mr. Sanford Bond, FAIA American Institute of Architects
Mr. David Cooley Citizen-at-large
Mr. Jason Hendricks Citizen-at-large
Mr. Nathan Hughes Richmond Association of Realtors
Mr. James Klaus Citizen-at-large
Mr. Andrew McRoberts Citizen-at-large

To learn more about the members and their terms, click here or contact

Secretary to the Commission of Architectural Review
900 E. Broad St., Rm. 510
Richmond, VA 23219
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Phone: (804)646-6335

Meeting Information

The CAR meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except in December when it meets on the second Tuesday. Special meetings are held as necessary. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the 5th Floor Conference Room starting at 3:30 p.m.

The table below provides a list of meeting dates for the CAR and submission deadline dates for each meeting. Please click here to view the Legistar calendar in order to view meeting agendas and minutes.

Click here if you want to view agendas or minutes from previous year’s meetings.

Meeting Date Submission Deadline
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Friday, November 20, 2015
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Friday, December 18, 2015
Tuesday February 23, 2016 Friday January 29, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Friday, February 26, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Friday, March 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Friday, May 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Friday, July 1, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Friday, October 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Friday, November 18, 2016

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Additional Information

Both the Richmond Old and Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines and a Certificate of Appropriateness Application can be downloaded. They can also be obtained by visiting the Planning and Preservation Division in Room 510 of City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (804)646-6335.

City Old & Historic District Maps

District Name
Barret House Belgian Building
Bolling Haxall House Boulevard
Broad Street Centenary United Methodist Church
Chimborazo Park Church Hill North
Crozet House Franklin St 00 Blocks EW
Franklin St 200 Block West Franklin St West
Glasgow House Grace Street West
Hancock Wirt Caskie Henry Coalter Cabell
Hermitage Road Jackson Ward
Jefferson Hotel John Marshall
Joseph P Winston Leigh Street Baptist
Linden Row Mayo Memorial
Monument Avenue Norman Stewart
Old Stone House Pace House
Second Presbyterian Shockoe Slip
Shockoe Valley Springhill
St Andrews St Johns Church
St Pauls St Peters
Stonewall Jackson Union Hill
Valentine Museum Virginia House
White House of the Confederacy William Morien
Wilton Woodward House/Rocketts

Contact Information:

Commission of Architectural Review
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-6335
Fax: (804)646-5789
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