Historic Preservation

The Donohue & Stearns team has an established reputation in the niche real estate field since 1986. Supplementing our law practice with professional experience in architectural history, we help developers and owners navigate the design review and entitlement processes for historic properties. As the breadth and scope of historically protected areas continues to expand, we have distinguished ourselves by complementing our land use and zoning work with an exceptional command of the nuances of practicing before the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation. We have been involved in some of the largest and most pivotal redevelopment projects in the city, including the 25-acre McMillan Sand Filtration site.

We achieve repeated success in bringing the highest degree of value to a client's property in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of stress from the entitlement process.

Our team is experienced in a wide scope of historic preservation issues, including:
  • Evaluating the potential historic merit of properties;
  • Advising clients on the benefits and burdens of historic designation;
  • Consulting on the design review process and application of the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation; and
  • Advocating before the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation, the Old Georgetown Board, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Art,