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



Preservation Week 2012

May 4–12, 2012

Preservation Week 2012 highlighted two exhibitions: Paper City: Futurist Charlottesville at Chroma Projects Art Laboratory,  and More Than a Roof: Charlottesville Residential at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society; three tours: Charlottesville's Oldest (Download tour map (11x17 version or 8.5 x 11 version), Charlottesville Houses Against the Grain (Download tour map and flyer), and Monticello to Main Street, that traced the history of property ownership in Charlottesville’s African American community.  Two lectures included Cultural Geology: Understanding Charlottesville's History from the Bedrock Upwards, presented by local geologist, Aaron Cross, and More Than Just a Wall: Landscape Exploration within the Academical Village presented by landscape architects Mary Hughes, Liz Sargent, and Laura Knott, and archeologist and historian Ben Ford. Preservation Week also featured two screenings of the preservation documentary,  The Greenest Building. The week closed with a catered reception at West Main Restaurant.  



2011 Annual Meeting

December 4, 2011
Preservation Piedmont hosted its Annual Meeting at the offices of John Milner and Associates 301 W. Main St. (entrance on Ridge St. near the Music Resource Center) with a feature presentation by Melissa Wiley, Buy Fresh Buy Local Coordinator from Piedmont Environmental Council.