Ferguson Retires from Loudoun HDRC Post

Longtime Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee member Leah Thayer Ferguson has stepped down.

First appointed to the panel in 2004, the Middleburg resident served as its chairwoman for more than seven years.

Waterford resident and architect Karl Riedel succeeded her three years ago.

Speaking from his Leesburg office on Monday, Riedel praised Ferguson’s long tenure and leadership.

“Skill, capability, she brought them to the job. She gave a lot, was always thoughtful, and always upheld the highest standards of preservation,” Riedel said.

The seven-member committee is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to maintain the architectural and historic integrity of the county’s historic districts and review construction projects for conformance with the Historic District Guidelines.

Ferguson was appointed to the panel by then-Supervisor Eleanor Towe (Blue Ridge), a Democrat, and re-appointed by

Supervisor Geary Higgins (Catoctin), a Republican.

Ferguson said she resigned for no other reason than “I was tired.”

“I am still a strong believer, but need to work on other things,” she said. “It was always a labor of love.”

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