One of the challenges in attracting new residents and strengthening the community overall is with identification of the Old West End National Historic District. Danville residents and out-of-town prospects alike inquire about the location and dimensions of the Old West End. We’ve answered with a description of the boundaries, but that is not very satisfactory – to us or to the inquirer. When someone enters into or lives in the Old West End we want them to know it. In particular, we do not want them to identify the Old West End only with the area known as Millionaires’ Row.
The Friends of the Old West End (FOWE) Board has long believed that the best way to address this issue is with identification banners visible from nearly every location within the district. A simple design, 18 by 36 inches, printed on long-lasting Sunbrella material was chosen. Eighteen banners will be attached to existing city-owned by the Public Works Department (see below).
The banners have now arrived and installation has begun. Completion is expected before the statewide conference on October 18th and 19th when Preservation Virginia will bring hundreds of preservationists to Danville. When those people join in Old West End events during the conference, they’ll know where they are. And Old West End residents will be even more proud of their community.
For Old West End residents: If you would be interested in a similar but smaller 12 by 24 inch banner with hardware for lawn display, please email us. Cost would be in the $50 range depending on quantity.