Governor Bob McDonnell Approves Master Plan to Revitalize Fort Monroe

Statement by David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell approved the Fort Monroe Authority’s master plan to restore and revitalize historic Fort Monroe.  The plan, which was developed by renowned international design firm Sasaki & Associates, will preserve key historic structures, conserve open space and ensure public accessibility. The following is a statement by David J. Brown, executive vice president at the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“The National Trust for Historic Preservation and many others have long envisioned Fort Monroe as an economically self-sufficient and well-preserved historic place that tells an important story about a key chapter in our nation’s history.  The Fort Monroe Authority and planners, Sasaki & Associates, have produced a thoughtful master plan that strikes a proper balance of historic preservation and compatible growth.

Today, we thank Governor McDonnell for his leadership in approving the Fort Monroe Authority’s master plan, a key step to ensuring that we are able to protect and properly interpret Fort Monroe as one of our nation’s major landmarks in African-American heritage. The fort’s restoration honors our past and opens the door for a dynamic new future at this iconic historic place.”

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About Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe has long been recognized for its military heritage associated with Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. But the fort has an underappreciated heritage related to the origins and ending of slavery in America. As the use of the fort transitions from a military base to civilian use, it is vital that the historic resources of this site are protected, interpreted properly and recognized as a principal landmark of African American heritage in Virginia.

About America’s National Treasures Campaign

The National Trust for Historic Preservation mobilizes its more than 60 years of expertise and resources to protect a growing portfolio of National Treasures that are threatened buildings; neighborhoods, communities, and landscapes that stand at risk across the country. Our National Treasures program demonstrates the value of preservation by taking direct action to protect these places and promote their history and significance.

 

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