joint security complex

I drove past this building for years. It sits on the southern side of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County, 38.006329, -78.494941. The elevation that presents to the Interstate has regular windows (albeit small), interesting geometry and no razor wire visible at 70mph. I assumed the building was a motel. Free motel. A guy from Texas told me that this is a really nice place to jail.


Corner of Cedar Hills and Hydraulic Road. The trees in this part of town are disappearing, soon to be replanted along the grand boulevards of Stonefield. I suppose the trees in the Route 29 median are gone for good.
Has the Muse of Architects been communicating on a regular basis with the builders of Stonefield? Will the addition of veneers, nature band-aids, signage, street lights and grifters make it feel more like Charlottesville? While the grifters might not be welcome to loiter and panhandle in the interior of Stonefield they’ll probably be able to set up along the Hydraulic frontage in the public right of way.
Curiosity (Martian rover) landed today. (illustration below courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

rover photo NASA/JPL-Caltech
Look at it. It has cameras, wheels, it is looking for something. Looking for the trees and where did all the Martian water go? Curiosity has a Twitter Feed.
When will the Big Windowless at Stonefield be activated? Is it a DT mall slayer robot?
Will it spew cars through Cedar Hills neighborhood? Is there a water feature? Does Stonefield have a Twitter Feed?

Church ISO new home

Preservation Piedmont recently documented the structure, and has been in contact with leaders of the congregation and Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport to try to locate a new owner who will assume the responsibility and expense of removing it from the site. As the parishioners of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church have recently moved to their new facility, the new owner of the historic church would be free to repurpose the historic structure.

The historic Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is a fine example of a rural church type that is fast disappearing from the county‚Äôs landscape; the last chance to preserve the structure is running out. If you are interested in helping to save this structure, please contact Preservation Piedmont at or contact Bill Pahuta at CHO directly at 434-973-8342 x103.–Preservation Piedmont

Individually Protected Property

J.S.Young office building
The Young Building is the only example of the Jacobean Revival style in Charlottesville. The basic form of the
building is that of a 2-storey, 5-bay, single-pile structure with a rear addition of nearly equal size. The high
foundation is covered with concrete up to the water table. The walls are veneered with brick laid in stretcher bond.
There are comer quoins of rusticated brick and a projecting string-course. The main block of the building has a
medium-pitched gabled roof, covered with composition shingles, with deeply projecting eaves and decoratively
shaped rafter ends. The great Jacobean gables at the ends of the main block and over the central bay of the facade
are topped with metal finials. The central gable also has metal scroll cresting. A circular attic window in each gable
has been closed. There are two small interior chimneys. Widows are double-sash, 4-over-1 light, jack-arched at
the first-storey level and segmental-headed at the second. Basement windows are very short 3-light hinged sash.
There is no indication, either architecturally or on the Sanbom maps, that the building ever had any sort of entrance
porch, although there was undoubtedly something more formal than the present concrete steps that lead directly up
to the central entrance. The door is flanked by narrow 9-light casement windows, and all have transoms set under
a single segmental arch. Above the entrance, the central bay of the facade projects slightly and is crowned by a
Jacobean gable. This wide bay has two windows with a decorative brick diamond with a “Y” between them. The
hipped-roofed addition covering most of the rear elevation appears to be original and matches the main block in
all details, lacking only the Jacobean gables.–SURVEY OF 18 NATIONAL REGISTER PROPERTIES
AND PROPOSAL FOR LOCAL DESIGNATION Charlottesville Virginia July 1993