For further details, see the information packet, "Green Springs NHLD Proposed Color-Changes to House" in the Internal Documents section, at upper left on this webpage. The information packet includes location map, site-plan, Area of Potential Effect mapping, and site photographs.
Basis of Review
The NPS reviews the owner's plan (the review constituting the federal undertaking) as per an NPS-held conservation easement created and conveyed through deed of easement in 1973 and deed of assignment in 1978. Proposed changes to the exterior colors of extant buildings are among those proposed alterations that NPS reviews and considers approval of under the terms of the conservation easement. As a federal agency, NPS reaches decisions on prior approval, required by this and other conservation easements, under the terms of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, and National Environmental Policy Act. The NPS review is limited to the scope and terms of the easement and does not also imply or address any additional reviews, requirements, or restrictions of Louisa County or other authorities, such as those of the county Code of Ordinances.
NPS has requested concurrence by the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer to expedite this review by combining, per 36 CFR 800.3(g), the steps of: Initiation of Consultation; Identification of Historic Properties; and Assessment of Adverse Effects.
Area of Potential Effect (green rectangle on map in information packet): The area of potential effect is composed of the Buttonwood House and the potential view of it from surrounding areas of the National Historic Landmark District, including the nearest public thoroughfare.
Identification of Historic Properties
The one and one-half story house, built in 1939 and including a one-story, east-wing-addition built in 1968, is considered eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, for the purposes of this review. The National Register of Historic Places nomination (1973) for the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District includes the house but lists it among 25 other farmsteads with "non-contributing" status to the Landmark District. However, the NPS's Historic American Buildings Survey architectural-data form (1985, https://tile.loc.gov/storage-services/master/pnp/habshaer/va/va1300/va1345/data/va1345data.pdf
describes the house as "an integral part of the [Green Springs] historic district."
Preservation-Planning and Resources-Protection Considerations
- The undertaking will not entail ground-disturbing activities.
- The undertaking will not entail a change in materials, on either roof or siding.
- Existing vegetation and landscaping hide the house entirely from other properties in the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District, as well as from its dependency structures, which are situated to the southeast.
- Existing vegetation and landscaping hide the house entirely from a direct/frontal view from nearby Va. Route 22, leaving less than a third of the house visible from that road only at two oblique angles, and then only briefly by traffic passing on a 45 m.p.h.-speed-limit road.
- The proposed change in exterior colors would be compatible with the neighboring area of the National Historic Landmark District since the exteriors of the nearest two houses—the nearest on the east and the nearest on the west—on Va. Route 22 and visible from that road in whole or in part (but under different ownership and not involved with the proposal above) likewise have white siding and gray, shingle roofs.
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National Park Service
Manager of Easements
Green Springs National Historic Landmark District, George Washington's Boyhood Home National Historic Landmark
The National Park Service (NPS) invites review of and comment on its proposed determination of No Adverse Effect to Historic Properties for (and thus its proposed approval of) a project planned and to be funded and implemented by the owners of a one and one-half story, ranch-style house in the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District, Louisa County, Virginia: a change of the colors (but not the materials) of the exterior of the house. Specifically, the proposed color-changes would be from (1) wood board-and-batten siding painted light brown to wood board-and-batten siding painted white with black trim; and (2) from asphalt roof-shingles colored dark brown to asphalt roof-shingles colored gray.