After a competitive selection process, the VMFA engaged Glavé & Holmes’ Cultural Studio, led by Steven Blashfield, AIA, for the design of a complete rehabilitation of the Robinson House, originally erected ca. 1855 as a family farmhouse. The structure was converted into the R.E. Lee Camp No.1 before it became part of the VMFA in 1964. The museum’s goal is to restore the facility and adapt it for use as a regional visitor center.
The Robinson House is listed as a contributing building to the Boulevard Historic District, and is one of the oldest buildings in that area of Richmond. Having worked on over 35 projects at National Register and Historic Landmark properties and buildings, Glavé & Holmes brings extensive experience with historic preservation. The team plans to keep the current building’s character and rich history intact, while ensuring that the building will play a continued role for the museum in the future. The G&HA Cultural Studio enjoys a long-standing relationship with the VMFA, including past work on the Center for Outreach and Education (Pauley Center), redesign of the Faberge Gallery, and multiple other maintenance projects at the facility.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to continue working with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” said Steven Blashfield, AIA. “The Robinson House started as a rural farm house and has evolved into one of the central destinations for art and history in Commonwealth. We look forward to breathing new life into this building so that it can tell the story of that marvelous evolution.”
About Glavé & Holmes Architecture
Established in 1965, Glavé & Holmes Architecture is a nationally recognized architecture, interior design and planning firm located in Richmond, Virginia. Our regionally focused design practice has cultivated expertise in five specialty areas – each supported by a studio structure – Cultural, Higher Education, Hotel and Home, Interior Design, and Urban Architecture – allowing us to provide the expertise necessary for a diverse portfolio. We strive to create a context-specific design that fits seamlessly into the cultural and historical milieu of a given community, while addressing the functional needs of the people who will interact with each space. We believe that great design is contextual, timeless, and has the capacity to engage the intellect and elevate the human spirit.