Preservation Walks & Talks

Educational Series focused on Preservation, Planning, and Neighborhood Revitalization

About Preservation Walks & Talks

Led by HSF Executive Director Frank Strassler and a host of knowledgeable guest speakers, these informative discussions feature topics that relate to preserving the community, planning, identifying historic architecture, celebrating property rehabilitation, and experiencing neighborhood revitalization. Preservation Walks are held during the warmer months of the year and will meet at various times and locations. Preservation Talks are generally held on the first Friday of each month at noon in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art 2nd floor lecture hall. Preservation Walks & Talks are casual, free, and open to the public.


2022 Preservation Walks and Talks

12:00 noon – June 24, 2022

We will meet at the corner of Peabody and Hall Streets – Stuart Heights Neighborhood

Platted in 1923 the neighborhood includes homes reflecting plan book and mail order kit homes of the period.   An anchor of the neighborhood is the Staunton Steam Laundry constructed in 1928 by the firm “Stoddard & Lambert” solely as a quintessential commercial steam laundry.
Big News!!! On Thursday June 16, 2022, Staunton Steam Laundry facility was approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register as a historic district under two criterion, “architectural significance” and “economic impact/contributions” to the local community.