Virginia Landmarks
December 2, 1998
Fairlington Historic District
Historic Designation
National Register
March 29, 1999
Historic Designation Seal
Homes in Historic Fairlington
Homes in Historic Fairlington
Historic Designation Seal

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Lorraine Drolet and Judith Greig

Letter of Appreciation To the Volunteers
From the Chair and Co-Chair,
Fairlington Historical Designation Committee

October 30, 1999

Dear Volunteers:

As chairs of the Historic District Committee, we are grateful for the opportunity to thank personally the 107 volunteers who made this day possible. To use our volunteer resources to their fullest, we created six teams to carry out the tasks that needed to be accomplished to achieve historic designation. In selecting the team captains, we carefully considered the qualifications that would best promote the type of leadership that would effectively carry out each of the team's assigned responsibilities. It has been our good fortune to select the very best people to head up these teams. Unequivocally, we are here today celebrating Fairlington's listing because of their efforts and the efforts of their team members.

Alan Barnett, who was responsible for data input, single-handedly entered all the survey data in the state's Integrated Preservation Software (IPS). The task was enormous. Alan had to input approximately 60 data elements contained in over 3,500 survey forms into an antiquated software program, a program designed for projects much smaller than Fairlington's. Alan's computer expertise enabled him to redesign the program to accommodate the differences between Fairlington's survey information and the IPS data fields. Typical of people blest with a generous nature, Alan donated the two large banners that were used for the Kick-Off Meeting, display, and the celebration. Words could never adequately convey Alan's remarkable contribution to this project.

Ron Patterson and his team were responsible for the development of the brochures and other promotional materials, including a website and display. Ron's presentations to the seven Fairlington Boards and the Fairlington Citizens Association exemplified his powerful communications skills. Largely because of him, we received a total of $12,500. in board donations which enabled us to hire a consultant to assist us in the application process. Whatever the call, Ron was always there to help and to use his creativity and his many skills to advance our historic designation goals.

Sandy Hodapp and her team were the "keepers of the funds." We have been fortunate to be able to draw on Sandy's extensive financial and tax background. She prepared our budgets and financial documents, paid the bills, and still found time to assume the leadership role in selecting the historic designation plaques and in deciding where they should be placed. Sandy's affection for this community was apparent in her unwavering commitment to this project.

As leader of the Volunteer Management Team, Jim Mailler did a great job in notifying the volunteers of meetings and in helping coordinate the activities pertaining to the North and South Fairlington surveys. He and his team arranged lunch for the volunteers who took part in the surveys -no small task in light of the fact that 70+ volunteers participated in these surveys. Jim's personal contribution to the project also included successfully enlisting the support of Virginia State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple in conjunction with the Committee's request to the state to waive certain portions of the historic designation photo requirements.

Harold Reem and his team of photographers successfully photographed the 62 residential building types and 40 noncontributing buildings and structures. Harold's leadership is particularly notable in view of the very cumbersome photographic standards that were part of the application process. Each of the photographs and its negative had to be precisely labeled and packaged. It is a credit to Harold's strong attention to detail and his Job-like patience that this enormously time-consuming task was accomplished according to schedule and to state specifications.

Survey Team was chaired by Lorraine Drolet and consisted of 70+ volunteers who on January 10, 1998, and May 9,1998, completed the reconnaissance surveys of the 1,064 buildings. Fairlington's Historic District listing is a tribute to their unremitting support of this project. Not even the rainy weather on May 9 deterred them from taking part in the South Fairlington survey. At this time, we would also like to highlight the efforts of those volunteers who went well beyond the call of duty in giving so generously of their time throughout the entire application process.

Thanks to John Sinks and David Pollard for helping us meet what at times seemed to be impossible deadlines and requirements. They took on the Herculean task of documenting each of the Arbor and Commons buildings by roof type and by address in preparation for surveying and photographing these buildings. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Ray Flores, Tom Burke, and Jeanne Muller. Not only did they take part in the January 10 and May 9 reconnaissance surveys, but they stayed until late evening on those two days to help copy over 7,000 pages of completed survey forms.

Jeanne Muller and committee archivist Ruth Kerns were responsible for setting up and maintaining the display featuring Fairlington's history and its historic designation efforts. We extend our thanks to William Healey for his display photographers. High school student, Erik Kolb was the youngest of our volunteers. We appreciate that he gave up two of his Saturdays to help with the survey and place his name among the shining examples of selfless volunteer service to our community.

Also included in our list of volunteers going well-beyond the call of duty are Stan Smith and Tom Whittaker. After participating in the reconnaissance surveys, they gave extra time to complete a number of the survey forms that were not done on May 9. We would also like to recognize Shelly Tereska for all her hard work in developing our first website and for maintaining it during the early stages of the application process. Special acknowledgment also goes to Tim Tereska and Ed Hilz for ably representing Fairlington at the state's IPS workshop in Richmond.

Last, but certainly not least, we extend our thanks to the North and South Fairlington Boards and to the Fairlington Citizens Association (FCA) for their unequivocal support. Their generous contributions in time and money were instrumental in the successful advancement of our historic designation goals. We, also, extend our thanks to FCA member Ed Hilz for being a strong advocate in soliciting FCA contributions and for his thoughtful guidance on many of the historic designation issues. We also want to recognize our well-known author of Fairlington at 50, Catherine D. Fellows. This publication has been Fairlington's golden arch and a helpful resource in the development of Fairlington's application.

We would be remiss if we did not mention the special contributions of three North Fairlington Board members.

Terry Placek's involvement in this project began as early as 1988, when as Board President, she gave her full support to the newly formed Fairlington Historical Designation Committee. It was Terry's idea to develop a survey to measure homeowner interest in historic designation and to include the survey with the ballots that were mailed for the annual election. Because of Terry's initiative, the Committee was able early on to point to the survey results showing overwhelming homeowner support for Fairlington's historic designation. As our Board Liaison, Terry has been an extremely articulate spokesperson in debating the pros and cons of historic designation issues.

Guy Land was the Committee's guiding light. On numerous occasions, we have sought his wise counsel and advice. Never once was he too busy to give us his full time and attention. Always the gentleman, Guy's approach to differences of opinion was a sound and careful study of the issues followed by a reasoned response.

Nancy Hunt reservedly withheld her support of Fairlington's listing until she had a full understanding of how historic designation would affect Fairlington. Her conscientiousness and keen sense of duty in meeting Board responsibilities would not allow her to do otherwise. Once she was convinced of the merits of designation, her actions, rather than words alone, exemplified her support for this project. Not only did she take part in the all-day survey of North Fairlington, she also took part in the South Fairlington survey.

Throughout Fairlington's 56 years, homeowners have shown a keen interest in documenting its history. Thus, we believe that our quest for listing is the natural progression of a long-standing commitment made by past, present, and, hopefully, future homeowners to preserve and recognize Fairlington's unique history. In closing, we want you to know that we are unabashedly proud of our volunteers. Because of their efforts, we come to recognize that historic designation is more than just buildings and location. It is about community spirit, teamwork, and a commitment to honor the past and imagine the future.


Lorraine H. Drolet and Judith Greig