Woodlawn – DBA


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Historic Plantation House
150,000 SF
Alexandria, VA

Historic Preservation, Restoration, Design Approval Applications and Presentations

Fairfax County Architectural Review Board

A National Trust Historic Site
2010 Merit Award in Historic Resources, AIA DC Chapter

Following extensive review of existing documentation and on site investigations, the DBA team prepared construction documents and created a phased approach to coordinate with the Owner’s budget for the complete exterior restoration of Woodlawn’s 1805 plantation house, designed by architect William Thornton for George Washington.  The DBA team developed design solutions to provide foundation drains and waterproofing systems for basement walls; to re-grade select areas to provide positive drainage away from the buildings; to disassemble and reinstall deteriorated brick entrance walks, ramps and terraces adjacent to the house; and to rebuild window wells with functional drains.  To prevent facade moisture intrusion, the DBA team developed a project that replaced deteriorated exfiltration systems; repaired and repainted deteriorated eaves, cornices and dormers; re-pointed brick garden walls, dependencies and chimneys; conserved decorative and structural stone trim, sills and lintels; disassembled, repaired, and re-glazed windows, doors and shutters; and repaired exterior plaster on facade panels and columns.  To repair damaged roofing, design solutions were developed to replace slate roofing, including underlayment, damaged sheathing, flashings, snow guards, and lightening protection.  The metal roofs on the three entry porches were replaced including repairing and shimming the original framing to provide positive drainage.

Phase 1, which included all repairs to the main roof, gutters, downspouts, lightening protection, chimneys, wood cornices, dormers and all three porches, was completed in late-2007.  Phase II involved the restoration of the wood shingle roofed smokehouse dependency, and later window restoration and drainage work occurred subsequently.  DBA secured all required approvals from historic agencies throughout the design process.


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