Rehabilitation of Downtown, One Building at a Time: Part II

Our second in a two-part program begun in June, Historic Staunton Foundation’s Brown Bag Walking Tour for September will again focus on the theme “rehabilitation of downtown, one building at a time”. We will hear about the process of rehabilitating three different, historically commercial buildings from the perspective of the owner / developer. Two of…

Rehabilitation of Downtown, One Building at a Time: Part II

Historic Staunton Foundation’s Brown Bag Walking Tour for June will focus on the rehabilitation of downtown, one building at a time.  We will hear about the process of rehabilitating two different, historically commercial buildings on Middlebrook Road, from the perspective of the owner / developer.  Each of the buildings we will tour were carefully and…

Tannehill

Our second walking tour of the 2016 Staunton’s Neighborhood Brown Bag Series looks at the arrangement of streets and buildings of the Tannehill / Wheat neighborhood.  Located to the west of Bridge Street, between the railroad tracks to the north and Maple Street to the south, Tannehill / Wheat includes several variations on both residential…

Sunnyside

The Sunnyside neighborhood (adjacent to the Stuart Addition Historic District) is a historically African American community with a vibrant history and culture.    This close-knit neighborhood was a very important part of Staunton with its businesses, churches and connections to the surrounding institutions.   This area also included a theater, grocery stores, “clubs”,  a T.J. Collins designed…

Autohoods

The impact of the development of the automobile on architecture, neighborhood streets, and site design was profound for our community. Central and Greenville Avenues include along their length neighborhoods rich with automobile-centric architecture. Frank Strassler, HSF Executive Director will lead us on a discussion of these “Autohoods” within Staunton’s central districts. We hope you can…

The Development and Neighborhood Transition of the Female Academy

How did Madison Place, a block-long street on the south side of the Newtown Historic District, come about? Join us for “The Development and Neighborhood Transition of the Female Academy.” HSF Board Director Paula Rau will describe the establishment and ultimate closing of the Female Academy and how this history impacted the adjacent neighborhood. We will…

2015 Holiday House Tour: Neighborhood Tour

  This month’s Preservation Brown Bag Walk will focus on the lofts and homes featured in our 43rd Annual Holiday House Tour on December 5th and 6th. The 2015 tour spans three historic districts: Beverley, Newtown, and the Wharf Historic District as the central connector. Historically each building had its purpose as warehouses, retail stores, offices, and…

Sears Hill

The development of Sears Hill as a residential neighborhood took place in three phases that coincided with the growth of Staunton. The first was spurred in part, by its proximity to the major employers of the working and middle classes. Sears Hill is located immediately south of the C&O Railroad tracks and the commercial downtown…

Uniontown

  Uniontown – a small African American community located east of Staunton –  was settled predominately by African Americans immediately after the Civil War. The community included the former Federal Cemetery (known today as the National Cemetery) which was established during the federal occupation of Virginia at the conclusion of the Civil War. During the…

West End & Booker T. Washington Community Center”

The Preservation Brown Bag Series continues its focus on Staunton neighborhoods with a look at the West End neighborhood’s Booker T. Washington Community Center – formerly Booker T. Washington High School.  An example of the successful preservation of a building central to the West End community, the re-use of the Center has helped sustain the physical structure,…