April 2013 Preservation in Progress Award: 2822 Madonna

Megan Lord
Megan Lord

If you have been following the work of the Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission,  you’ll remember that our March Preservation in Progress award recognized the proposed Alexandria Post War National Register Historic District.  This month’s award recognizes a residence within that district.  2822 Madonna is a perfect example of a successful rehabilitation project that utilized state and federal historic preservation tax credits to turn a neighborhood eyesore and nuisance property into a desirable residence with plenty of character and curb appeal.


Tax credit incentives allowed new owner Mark Gravel to conduct a complete interior and exterior rehabilitation. Following a high rehabilitation standard resulted in a property that now improves the neighborhood streetscape and entices great neighbors to this new historic district.  In this case, a lovely couple from Connecticut will be returning home to Alexandria to enjoy this updated home and fantastic Mid-Century Modern neighborhood.


2822 Madonna-webTo view before and after photos and learn more about this tax credit project, visit the Post War Suburbs neighborhood website http://www.midcenturyalex.org/2013/03/a-rehabilitation-tax-credit-success.html.  Find links to information on the state and federal historic preservation tax credit programs on AHPC’s new website www.cityofalexandriala.com/ahpc/resources.  The amazing transformation of 2822 Madonna is yet another example of the power that preservation has to revitalize neighborhoods and build community that truly shows preservation in progress.