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)
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?
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’s 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 email@example.com or contact Bill Pahuta at CHO directly at 434-973-8342 x103.–Preservation Piedmont
203 8th Street NW. I think this structure once housed a funeral home. If you can supply a narrative about past history or current use please do.
roadside, Lancaster County, Virginia
J.S.YOUNG & CO. OFFICE BUILDING ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION
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
Div’s early interest in architecture was expressed in an attempt to park the cars within the confines of the building site.
U.VA professor Daniel Bluestone discusses residential and commercial architecture during a bicycle tour of the Venable and Rugby neighborhoods Sunday afternoon (7* miles, 24+ cyclists).
Along the way Bluestone pointed out surviving structures by architect Eugene Bradbury. This the Archibald Randolph Residence, c. 1910
Went west of Afton Mountain. Traveled to Roanoke with my friends from the Hook for the Virginia Press Association’s annual awards dinner. Hook staff won lots of prizes.
Stayed next-door to this building. The stay was less than 24 hours. Suffered no ill-effects.
(The Taubman Museum was designed by someone familiar with Frank Gehry’s designs).
T-storms rumbled through town yesterday afternoon. Pictured above the big tent that ate the view of the mountains from CHO downtown.