Loudoun County Heritage Commission opposes demolition of Lovettsville Community Center building

The original classrooms of the Lovettsville School built in 1927-1940 are contained in this section of the Community Center building.

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The Loudoun County Heritage Commission sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors on March 31 supporting the Lovettsville Historical Society and the Lovettsville Alumni Association in their efforts to save the historic sections of the Lovettsville Community Center building, and stating unequivocally that “we oppose demolition of the historic community center.”

The Historical Society and the Alumni Association propose either building the new Community Center across the street on the Community Park site, while preserving the old building for community use, or renovating the old building as was the original plan while preserving the old classrooms which date to the 1927-1940 period.

The Heritage Commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors on history and preservation issues, and has a special responsibility for making recommendations regarding county-owned historic properties. The Commission’s letter expresses its concern that the County violated its own policies when it decided in 2014 to demolition the Community Center building, by disregarding the County’s Historic Preservation Plan, which is part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. The Commission also notes that it was not consulted in the County’s discussions about the disposition of the historic building.

Read the Heritage Commission letter here:

HC Letter to BOS Lovettsville Community Center, 3-31-2020-1