||The NPS completed an environmental assessment (EA) that provides an analysis of the environmental consequences of the alternatives considered for the rehabilitation of Arlington House, Outbuildings, and Grounds. The NPS has selected Alternative B for implementation and Finding of No Significant Impact has been signed.
At Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, the National Park Service (NPS) will rehabilitate Arlington House (Mansion), Outbuildings (North and South Slave Quarters), and the historic Grounds (Kitchen Garden and Work Yard) in a manner that protects and maintains the cultural resources and values for which the Robert E. Lee Memorial was established. Furthermore, this will benefit the visiting public by providing a safe environment where NPS can interpret the history and significance of the site through a more accurate representation of circa 1861 historic conditions.
This action is needed because: previous reconstructions of the North and South Slave Quarters are now known to be inaccurate; there is no fire suppression system to safeguard historic buildings and the museum collections housed within those structures; the current mechanical system is not capable of maintaining a suitable climate to preserve the historic buildings and collections; the 1921 Comfort Station is a non-contributing structure in the historic Kitchen Garden; the 1861 Work Yard and Kitchen Garden were previously interpreted and recreated inappropriately; and the foundations of Arlington House have deteriorated due to drainage and humidity problems.