Preservation Brown Bag

May 2017 Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Apr 5, 2017

 Staunton “White Elephants” Walking tour meets in R.R. Smith Center Memorial Garden Friday, May 5 @ 12 Noon   Staunton has roughly 195,000 square feet of underutilized or vacant space in eleven historic buildings all within a three quarter mile radius (walking distance) of downtown. Our community shines with examples of adaptively reused historic buildings. Many of the successful projects are buildings of “manageable” size. They tend to be easier to adapt to business and reuse plans. However, we also have prime examples of large building rehabilitation. “White Elephant”...

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Casa Blanca, reimagining 217 North Madison Street

Posted on Dec 30, 2016

Casa Blanca, reimagining 217 North Madison Street Friday, January 6th @ 12 Noon We begin the 2017 HSF Preservation Brown Bag series by looking at how selected award winning projects came about. What is the process of imagining, designing, and building a residential rehabilitation project? 217 North Madison Street was the recipient of a 2015 HSF Award for Residential Rehabilitation and also included on the 2016 Holiday House Tour. Constructed between 1904 and 1909, this home is a two story, wood frame house with a simple hip, standing seam metal roof and full width front porch – typical...

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Stuart Hall/Reservoir Hill Neighborhood, location of the 44th Annual Holiday House Tour

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

2016 Holiday House Tour Walk Friday, November 4th @ 12 Noon Tour meets on the sidewalk in front of Stuart Hall School at the corner of N. Washington and W. Frederick Streets. Historic Staunton Foundation’s 44th annual Holiday House Tour, “Celebrating the Diversity of Historic Architecture,” invites you to walk the Stuart Hall/Reservoir Hill neighborhood of the Newtown Historic District. Diverse architecture describes a mixture and range of architectural styles and community growth.  At the center of this year’s tour is the grand Stuart Hall, a symbol of Staunton’s history of being a...

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September Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Aug 26, 2016

“Rehabilitation of downtown, one building at a time; Part 2” Our second in a two-part program begun in June, Historic Staunton Foundation’s Brown Bag Walking Tour for September will again focus on the theme “rehabilitation of downtown, one building at a time”. We will hear about the process of rehabilitating three different, historically commercial buildings from the perspective of the owner / developer. Two of the buildings we will tour were carefully and thoughtfully reimagined to accommodate various combinations of commercial uses; one provides a unique opportunity...

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June Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on May 27, 2016

“Rehabilitating Downtown, one building at a time; Part 1” Historic Staunton Foundation’s Brown Bag Walking Tour for June will focus on the rehabilitation of downtown, one building at a time.  We will hear about the process of rehabilitating two different, historically commercial buildings on Middlebrook Road, from the perspective of the owner / developer.  Each of the buildings we will tour were carefully and thoughtfully reimagined to include commercial uses alone or a combination of commercial and residential reuses.  Building owners will be on hand to discuss their...

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May Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Apr 29, 2016

Friday May 6, 2016 @ 12 noon “Tannehill / Wheat”   Tour meets at noon at the  corner of Maple and Bridge Streets.     Our second walking tour of the 2016 Staunton’s Neighborhood Brown Bag Series looks at the arrangement of streets and buildings of the Tannehill / Wheat neighborhood.  Located to the west of Bridge Street, between the railroad tracks to the north and Maple Street to the south, Tannehill / Wheat includes several variations on both residential and commercial architectural styles.  Two major streams, local topography, and the railroad tracks placed...

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April Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Mar 24, 2016

Friday April 1, 2016 @ 12 noon “Sunnyside”   Tour meets at noon at the old Coke bottling plant at 709 N. Augusta Street across from the Staunton Public Library.   The Sunnyside neighborhood (adjacent to the Stuart Addition Historic District) is a historically African American community with a vibrant history and culture.    This close-knit neighborhood was a very important part of Staunton with its businesses, churches and connections to the surrounding institutions.   This area also included a theater, grocery stores, “clubs”,  a T.J. Collins designed school, and even it’s...

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March Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Friday, March 4th @ 12 noon   “Autohoods”   R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, Lecture Hall The impact of the development of the automobile on architecture, neighborhood streets, and site design was profound for our community. Central and Greenville Avenues include along their length neighborhoods rich with automobile-centric architecture. Frank Strassler, HSF Executive Director will lead us on a discussion of these “Autohoods” within Staunton’s central districts. We hope you can join us as we continue to expand our understanding of Staunton’s diverse and complex...

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February Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Jan 29, 2016

February 5th @ 12 Noon   The Development and Neighborhood Transition of the Female Academy   R.R.Smith Center for History and Art, Lecture Hall How did Madison Place, a block-long street on the south side of the Newtown Historic District, come about? Join us for “The Development and Neighborhood Transition of the Female Academy.” HSF Board Director Paula Rau will describe the establishment and ultimate closing of the Female Academy and how this history impacted the adjacent neighborhood. We will explore the story through the history of surrounding buildings, their...

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January Preservation Brown Bag

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

January 8th @ 12 Noon R.R.Smith Center for History and Art Lecture Hall As we enter the New year, Staunton’s neighborhoods will continue to be the focus of the HSF Preservation Brown Bag Series.  Join us in 2016 as we build a collective knowledge of our neighborhoods, their location, and their architectural and cultural contributions to the City as a whole.  We will begin our explorations on Friday, January 8 with the first Brown Bag of 2016 “Maps and Mapping: identifying and understanding neighborhood patterning” with Frank Strassler and Amy Arnold.  We hope you will join us as we learn...

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