Platted in 1783 and organized around a major transportation route, the architecture of the Strasburg village spans multiple eras of development, predominantly from the early-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Frazier Associates was asked to develop this northern Shenandoah Valley town’s first historic district guidelines.
The guidelines serve as a handbook for homeowners in the two local historic districts. A project checklist provides guidance for those preparing to undertake a rehabilitation project. Green practices including embodied energy, permanence, design, and materials are highlighted, as are suggestions for controlling the loss of conditioned air. Considerations for universal design/aging-in-place are included to help homeowners make improvements that ensure their historic property will age with them and be a lifetime home.