The Colonnade’s graceful historic buildings form the heart of the Washington and Lee University campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Hall (c. 1824) was known as “the Center Building”, an appellation referencing its central importance as much as its physical location. Important administrative functions including the offices of the President, Provost, and University Development, fill the 24,400 square feet of this elegant three-story building.
The goal of this project was to breathe new life into the building and create functional, attractive executive offices, insert a gallery telling the story of George Washington’s life, and provide more space for casual interaction of students, faculty, and staff, all while preserving Washington Hall’s iconic image and its sense of history. Glavé & Holmes Architecture was able to retain the essential feel and character while introducing modern systems and functionality, meeting the needs of the University now and in the future.
The project is targeted to achieve LEED Silver Certification along with the rest of the Colonnade. Sustainable features include chilled beams, refurbished original windows, recycling stations, and sustainable materials throughout. Also, in collaboration with the Department of Historic Resources, the design team enabled the project’s eligibility for State Historic Tax Credits.