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Preservation Piedmont Documents Buildings that May be Demolished

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A Charlottesville group is doing what it can to keep the city's history alive, even parts that have disappeared forever.

Thursday, Preservation Piedmont's documentation group held a presentation at the Jefferson School.

It gave a firsthand look at buildings that are set to be demolished or could someday be demolished.

Buildings at risk include businesses, schools, churches and homes. The group put pictures of the Stony Point schoolhouse on display at the presentation.

Laura Knott, on the board of Preservation Piedmont, says although the schoolhouse isn't set to be demolished, it could be in the long run because it will be hard to finance a restoration.

"Most of the buildings that are demolished at you know, fairly, really historically not significant, you know George Washington didn't sleep there but as a cumulative effect we're losing the sort of overall historic factor of our city," Knott said.

Here's how the process works: the committee receives demolition notices from Charlottesville Neighborhood Development. They then call the owner of the property and ask to come out and document it. The pictures, notes and measurements are then archived with the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historic Society.

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