DECEMBER 19, 2008
Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C. recently won two out of the six statewide design awards given this year for Excellence in Preservation from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. Both of the projects are located in downtown Winchester.
One state design award was for the Old Frederick County Court House, on the Loudoun Street pedestrian mall. According to the jury, “Everything about its renovation is an invitation to understand its architecture and the building’s parts.” The Owner of the building is Frederick County, Virginia. The contractor was Lantz Construction Company of Winchester, Inc. The structural engineer was Structural Concepts, Inc., and the mechanical engineer was Comfort Design, Inc. The building houses the Old Court House Civil War Museum, and the restored, original Frederick County courtroom.
Photograph by Ron Blunt Photography.
The other design award was for the City Meat Building, located on North Cameron Street. The jury commented that this project had “the evidence of research, great contextual understanding, and clarity. The project demonstrates a level of candor and playfulness.” The builder was M.T. Puskar Construction Co. Inc. The structural engineer was Painter- Lewis, PLC, and the mechanical engineer was Comfort Design, Inc. The building contains the offices of two businesses– Water Street Design and Reader & Swartz Architects.
Photograph by Judy Davis, Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC.