Emily Hotaling Eig

Emily Eig is the founder and president of EHT Traceries, a women-owned company incorporated in Maryland and headquartered in Washington, D.C.  As the head of EHT Traceries, she combines management of a fifteen-person firm with her work as an architectural historian and preservation consultant.  Her technical knowledge is focused on late 19th– and 20th-century buildings and the integration of new buildings into historic settings, including historic sites, campuses, and districts. It includes a thorough understanding of current historic preservation issues.  Her work with federal, state, and local architecture is well known; she has worked in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, and Hawaii.  Further, through her role as the head of EHT Traceries since 1989, she has participated in numerous exceptional preservation-related projects around the country.


Ms. Eig specializes in late 19th– and 20th-century buildings and the integration of new buildings into historic settings, including historic sites, campuses, and districts. She focuses on public, institutional, military, religious, commercial, theater, commercial, and residential architecture, as well as the history of city planning and 19th and 20th century cultural landscapes.  Her expertise in historic and contemporary documentation, construction techniques, building materials, on-site investigation complements her ability to provide creative preservation solutions for individual resources as well as for large-scale settings.  As a preservation specialist, she provides direction for compatible new design related to historic buildings, sites, and districts, advises on the interpretation of preservation laws and regulations, and regularly assists owners, developers, architects, and preservation technicians with the interpretation and analysis of historic resources. Her strength related to handling complex projects, including public-private partnerships, is well known.

Over the last thirty years, Ms. Eig has served as Project Architectural Historian and Preservation Planning Consultant for numerous major historic projects in Washington, DC and in other cities around the US.  In these roles, she has directed research; prepared Historic Structures Reports and Historic Preservation Plans; advised on local and federal preservation reviews including Determination of Eligibility and Section 106 Memorandum of /Programmatic Agreements; guided efforts to rehabilitate historic buildings using the Secretary of Interior’s Standards; and advised on the design compatibility of major new additions to historic buildings and new construction in historic districts.  She works on a regular basis with the State Historic Preservation Offices.

She is a considered an expert in architectural history, resource evaluation, preservation planning, federal and state Historic Preservation Certification processes, Section 106 mitigation, and the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  Ms. Eig meets professional qualifications prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior (36 CFR 61 – Appendix A).  She has been accepted as an expert witness before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board; the Montgomery County (MD) Historic Preservation Commission; the Prince George’s County (MD) Historic Preservation Commission; the Old Georgetown (DC) Board; the Coral Gables (FL) Historic Preservation Commission; the DC Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation; the DC Zoning Commission; the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment; Superior Court of the District of Columbia; the National Capital Planning Commission; the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. She has appeared before the Montgomery County (MD) Board of Appeals as a member of the County’s Historic Preservation Commission.  Ms. Eig has served on Urban Land Institute panels, and was a member of the City of Baltimore Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel for four years. She is currently a member of the Board of Visitors for the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the University of Maryland’s Department of Historic Preservation’s Technical Advisory Committee. Ms. Eig also serves as a member of the Board of the Lambda Alpha International (honorary land economics society), GW Chapter.


Selected historic preservation planning projects related to Site Master Plans in Washington, DC include:

  • Howard University East Campus (Howard University and FGA)
  • The Parks at Walter Reed/WRAMC Historic District (HinesUrbanAtlanticTriden / TortiGallas)
  • The Yards/ Southeast Federal Center (Forest City Washington / Shalom Baranes)
  • The George Washington University (GWU / PerkinsEastman)
  • The University of Maryland in Baltimore (UMDB / Donald Kann)
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington (GSA for AFRH / KoetterKim)

Selected projects related to the integration of new architecture into historic settings:

  • Howard University-East Campus; Howard Town Center; Rankin Memorial Chapel
  • 2607 Connecticut Avenue, NW/ Woodley Park Historic District (Zusin Dev / CORE), 2017-2018
  • Building IJ and VU/WRAMC Historic District (HinesUrbanAtlanticTriden / TortiGallas), 2017- ongoing
  • West Heating Plant/ Georgetown Historic District (29K Georgetown Acquisitions / David Adjaye), 2015-ongoing
  • Whitman-Walker/Greater Fourteenth Street Historic District (Whitman Walker / Seldorf Architects), 2016-2017
  • The Yards: Parcels D, O, P, N, L1, L2 (Forest City Washington / Various architects), 2007-ongoing
  • 650 Massachusetts Avenue/Downtown Historic District (Gould Properties / CORE), 2010-2017
  • Marriott Marquis-Courtyard Residence Inn/Shaw Historic District (Quadrangle Associates / CooperCarry and TVSDesign), 2014-2017
  • Goldman Smith Hall/Cornell University Historic District (Cornell University / KoetterKim), 2014-2016

Selected Sections 106, 110, and 111 projects include:

  • Carnegie Library Rehabilitation (EventsDC/NCPC/Apple), 2016-ongoing
  • Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library (DCPL/NCPC), 2014-2017
  • S. Institute of Peace, Buildings 6 and 7 Rehabilitation (USIP/DOS/NCPC), 2014-2015
  • Union Station – Washington, DC (FRA/USRC/USInvestco), 2010-ongoing
  • Southeast Federal Center (GSA/Forest City Washington), 2003-07; 2010-ongoing
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center (US ARMY/DC/HinesUrban AtlanticTriden), 2014-ongoing
  • AFRH Cultural Resource Manager (AFRH) 2008-2014
  • O Street Market (HUD/Roadside Development / Shalom Baranes Associates), 2010-2014
  • Progression Place (HUD/Four Points Development/ Eric Colbert Architects), 2010-2014
  • Ford’s Theatre Society Educational Center (Ford Theatre Society/National Park Service/ Martinez+Johnson), 2010-2012
  • Ford’s Theatre, (Ford Theatre Society/National Park Service/ ASD, Inc.), 2003-2004

 Selected individual preservation projects in Washington, DC include:

  • Carnegie Library (Apple / Foster and Partners, Beyer Blinder Belle), 2016-ongoing
  • Embassy of Hungary (Mega-Logistic/ KCCT), 2017-ongoing
  • Chancery of the Embassy of Australia (Embassy of Australia/ BatesSmart, KCCT), 2017-ongoing
  • Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library (DCPL / Martinez+Johnson and Mecanoo), 2014-2017
  • The Yards: The Boilermaker Shops; The Foundry; The Lumbershed; Historic Wall and Tower;

Parcels D, O, P, N, L1, L2 (Forest City Washington, Various architects), 2007-ongoing

  • The Fish Market at The Wharf (PN Hoffmann/ McGraw Bagnoli), 2015-ongoing
  • Embassy Building (Embassy of the People’s Republic of China / Philip Esocoff), 2008-2010
  • Spanish Cultural Center, (Embassy of Spain / KCCT) 2008-2009; 2011
  • Embassy of South Africa Chancery (Embassy of South Africa / Davis Brody Bond), 2009-2014
  • Howard Theatre (Howard Theatre Restoration/ Martinez+Johnson), 2008-2012
  • Georgetown Library (DC Public Library / Martinez+Johnson), 2008-2010
  • C&P Telephone Warehouse (NPR / Hickok Cole Associates), 2008-2013
  • Arena Stage (Arena Stage / Bing Thom Associates), 2003-2004; 2007
  • Studio Theatre (Studio Theatre / William Bonstra Associates), 2002-2005

Selected preservation projects around the United States include:

  • Lovett Hall, Houston, TX (Rice University/ KieranTimberlake), 2017-2018
  • Hudson Theatre, Manhattan, NY (Ambassador Theatre Group / Martinez+Johnson), 2015-2017
  • Loew’s Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY (ACE Enterprises / Martinez+Johnson), 2010-2015
  • Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA (ACE Enterprises / Martinez+Johnson), 2009-2014
  • Goldwin Smith Hall Ithaca, NY (Cornell University / Koetter Kim and Associates), 2008-2014
  • The Riley Ctr for Education & Performing Arts, Meridian, MS (Mississippi State University/ Martinez+Johnson), 2002-2007
  • Plaza Theatre, El Paso, TX (Community Foundation of El Paso / Martinez+Johnson), 2001-2006


The George Washington University, Washington, DC
MAT in Museum Education, 1975; Field of study: Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
BA, Fine Arts (Art History), cum laude with departmental honors, 1974


Member and Board Trustee, Lambda Alpha
Member, Board of Visitors University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Member, Society of Architectural Historians
Associate Member, Urban Land Institute
Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation