Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce the Colonnade Renovation at Washington and Lee University received a Merit Award from AIA Virginia.
The project earned the Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category. The historic preservation category focuses specifically on excellence in strategies, tactics, and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites. The jury takes into consideration adherence to local, state, and national criteria for historic preservation.
Designated a National Historic District in 1973, Washington and Lee University’s front campus is described by the Department of the Interior as “one of the most dignified and beautiful college campuses in the nation”. In the center stands the Colonnade, comprised of the five most iconic and interconnected buildings in the historic district: Washington, Payne, Robinson, Newcomb, and Tucker Halls. Glavé & Holmes’ phased rehabilitation of the Colonnade spanned eight years.
With diverse programs, state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar spaces, and faculty offices including Office of the President, the life of every student will revolve around the Colonnade at some point. Always the heart of the University, the deft renovations have pumped new life into each building, guaranteeing their continued place in the heart of future generations. The design team followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, preserving character-defining features and respectfully deferring to the existing aesthetic, while upgrading systems throughout.
Members of the Colonnade renovation design team will be honored at the 2018 Visions for Architecture gala on November 9.