2015 Annual Meeting

Community members from the greater Charlottesville area joined for Preservation Piedmont's 2015 Annual Meeting on December 6 at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative. The meeting helped to kick off the City of Charlottesville's Belmont Historic Survey of 250 buildings, and included a short presentation about the upcoming survey in Belmont.

The annual awards for outstanding historic preservation projects and work in our community were as follows:

  • Preservation Award to the Pleasant Grove House Museum, a public-private partnership of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors and the Fluvanna Historical Society, accepted by Marvin Moss, Former Fluvanna Supervisor, and Judy Mickelson of the Fluvanna County Historical Society.
  • Preservation Award to Riverbend Development, accepted by Joseph Simpson, for the restoration of the Coca-Cola Bottling Works.
  • Martha Gleason Award to the Southern Environmental Law Center, accepted by Travis Pietela, in honor of their 30th anniversary and their preservation efforts in our community.
The following resolutions were adopted:
  • Resolutions recognizing and thanking Satyendra Huja and Dede Smith for their preservation efforts while serving on the Charlottesville City Council. 
  • A resolution in honor and memory of Clarence McClymonds, who was Preservation Piedmont’s first treasurer and a long-time active member, presented by Jean Hiatt and accepted by his wife Marita McClymonds and his daughter, Julie McClymonds-Smith.

2015 Annual PAPA Event

The early October weather could not have been more perfect when Preservation Piedmont joined other area preservation groups at James Madison’s home near the Town of Orange for an annual fall gathering hosted by the Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance (PAPA). The event was graciously sponsored by Montpelier, and President and CEO Kat Imhoff, who held the first PAPA event at Monticello in 2005.

More than sixty attendees were guided on special tours that showcased the many changes made to the mansion this past year. For those who had not recently made the short drive to the Orange County landmark, the house and ground’s restored  appearance to its 19th-century form was especially striking. Before walking back to the Visitor’s Center for a reception, guests made a short detour to view Mr. Madison’s temple, located on top of the plantation ice house.  It was easy to imagine the Madisons entertaining guests in this outdoor location, and serving Dolley’s favorite, oyster ice cream.

Following Kat’s Imhoff’s welcome to the group and introduction of Elizabeth Chew as the new Vice President of Museum Programs, Melanie Miller introduced special guests Alex Ikefuna, the new Director of Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services, and Alice Raucher, the newly appointed Architect for the University of Virginia.  Melanie also presented summaries received from each preservation group, regarding their current activities. By the end of the evening, exciting rumors were circulating that next year’s venue could be UVA’s newly renovated Rotunda.

2015 Candidate Meet-and-Greet at Historic J. S. Young Building

On September 22 Preservation Piedmont was pleased to host a meet-and-greet with the year’s Charlottesville City Council candidates. Participants gathered at the J. S. Young Building, a Jacobean-style building built in 1916, and renovated by Julie Coiner, the 2014 recipient of our Preservation Award for her work on this historic landmark. All five candidates for City Council attended, as well as several members and others interested in sharing their commitment to historic preservation with Charlottesville’s leaders.  Many thanks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, the new tenants of the building, for allowing us to hold the event there. 


2015 Preservation Month

Please join us for events throughout the month of May honoring and fostering discussion of preservation in the Charlottesville community.

Marshall Wells Tour

As our main event in celebration of Preservation Month, Preservation Piedmont is offered a free, members-only tour featuring the work of Marshall Swain Wells, an architect who practiced in Charlottesville from 1929 to 1970. The tour was led by historical architect Mary Harding (Mimi) Sadler of Sadler & Whitehead Architects, who co-wrote the Marshall Wells Multiple Property National Register nomination. 

The tour began at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Road, and included stops at Farmington and Verulam Farm. Several of Wells’s projects are listed either individually or as contributing properties in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Some of Wells's projects, like Farmington or Ednam, were historic rehabilitations in which he adapted historic buildings for new or expanded uses. 

Art Drinks

Preservation Piedmont supported PCA's Art Drinks, featuring a guided tour of the historic Paramount Theatre. Participants learned about The Paramount's beginnings in 1931, the movers and shakers behind its construction, movie palace architecture, and behind-the-scenes details of its two-year long restoration.


2014 Annual Meeting

Preservation Piedmont’s 2014 annual meeting took place in the Faulkner House at the Miller Center, where the Board appointed new members and officers and presented the following awards:

Preservation Award

Julie Coiner for the renovation of the J. S. Young Company Building, 1102 Carlton Avenue, Charlottesville

Martha Gleason Award

Lynn Rainville for her recent book, Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia, 2014.

The event was held jointly with the Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance and also included tours of the house, food and drink, and a talk about historic landscapes.


Preservation Week 2014

May 4–10, 2014

Events included a talk by VCU professors John Accordino & Fabrizio Fasulo on their study commissioned by Preservation Virginia on the Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credit Programs in Virginia; a tour of the CFA Institute (former Martha Jefferson Hospital's Historic Patterson Wing) that took advantage of historic tax credits to help fund the redevelopment of the hospital building; and a tour of the historic Carrsbrook home. 


CVGA Presentation: How to Document a Property

Preservation Piedmont board members Emilie Johnson & Laura Knott presented on the process of documenting a historic structure or landscape in the event sponsored by the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. 


Fall Tour 2013


Participants entered on a tour of the house and gardens at Morven. The first 20 individuals renew their membership were offered an extended tour including the Japanese Gardens!   


Preservation Week 2013

May 3–11, 2013

By partnering with the Jefferson School City Center & African American Heritage Center, Preservation Piedmont brought an exciting, informative week of events (download the schedule) with the theme Threatened Sites & Communities. These events included an opening night talk on Historic Preservation: Diverse Places, Users & Resources with renowned architect Everett Fly; a 10th & Page Explorer Walk and Story Talk; Cemetery Conservation and Commemoration panel discussion; an informative workshop, Geneology 101, led by our friends at the Central Virginia Geneological Association; a talk and tour of the reuse and work of the Jefferson School; a brown-bag luncheon on Documenting Charlottesville's Threatened Resources; a book talk by author Kirsten Sparenborg (Lost Communities of Virginia); and a bus tour of the Bleak House and Hydraulic Mills Area, an African American community in the post–Civil War to 20th century.


Fall Tour Weekend 2012

October 13–14, 2012

Preservation Piedmont’s 2012 Fall Tour and Open House Weekend highlighted Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood and the story it tells about working communities in Charlottesville. The weekend included a guided walking tour of western Belmont, led by historians Kristin Rourke and Laura Knott, beginning at the Ix Mill and ending at Belmont Park. Highlights from the walking tour included a discussion of the history of the Frank Ix & Sons textile factory, the houses located throughout Belmont that the company built for its employees, one of Charlottesville’s first speculative housing development on Early Street, and  the evolution of Belmont Park in response to the community's changing perspectives on public space & recreation.  The weekend also featured a self-guided Open House Tour of 11 homes, structures, and sites in and around downtown Belmont.  At the conclusion of Sunday’s Open House Tour, Preservation Piedmont’s 2012 Annual Meeting took place at The Local, where the Board appointed new members and officers and presented the following awards:

Preservation Technology Award

 Kristin Rourke and Mary Joy Scala for Audio Tour of Charlottesville

 Adaptive Reuse Award

 Martin D. Chapman for Preston Avenue Coca-Cola Building

 Martha Gleason Award

 Robin M. Hanes for the Woolen Mills landscape

 Design Award

 Brian Wimer for Project Gait-Way