Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site National Register Documentation
Washington, D.C.

The Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, which encompasses the portion of the avenue between the White House and the Capitol, was designated in 1965, but essentially no documentation supported this designation. For the National Park Service, Robinson & Associates prepared to current standards National Register documentation for the entire area, including the blocks surrounding the avenue. Conducting photographic and documentary research at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the National Park Service’s National Capital Region offices, the Historical Society of Washington, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, Robinson & Associates evaluated 161 contributing and noncontributing resources in the historic site, which includes Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Park. The physical features of the site represent areas of significance ranging from art, architecture, and landscape architecture to politics and government, community planning, and social history.

Georgetown Historic District Survey
Washington, D.C.

Funded in part by the National Park Service and completed for the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Division, this survey provided the first comprehensive documentation of all buildings in the Georgetown Historic District. The District, which consists of approximately 3,400 eighteenth- to twentieth-century historic resources, is one of the earliest historic districts in the nation and is a National Historic Landmark. For the project, Robinson & Associates compiled on-site surveys and photography, archival research, and an extensive collection of secondary materials on all extant primary buildings in a single database to current National Park Service standards. The goals of the study were to provide decision-making information to the Commission of Fine Arts (the Old Georgetown Board) and the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, and to further the Georgetown Historic Trust's interpretation of the history of Georgetown to the public.

Appomattox Court House
Historic Resources Study and National Register Documentation
Appomattox County, VA

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant of the Armies of the United States in the village of Appomattox Court House, Appomattox County, Virginia, signaling the defeat of the Confederacy and the end of the Civil War. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park commemorates Lee's surrender as the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the reunification of the United States of America. In addition, the park constitutes a rehabilitated nineteenth-century vernacular landscape that exemplifies the buildings and natural features of a rural, Piedmont Virginia courthouse town of the time. Although the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the nomination concentrated on the military significance of the village. For the National Park Service, Robinson & Associates analyzed new aspects of the park, including the historical context of the Virginia courthouse village, subsequent national commemoration of the events that took place in the park, the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the vernacular landscape, and the military significance of two large tracts of land recently added to the park boundaries. As a result of the project, a detailed Historic Resources Study and a revised National Register of Historic Places documentation for the property significantly expanded the historic documentation of the site.