We love working on historic buildings, figuring out their history, and honoring it. Getting to design the façade renovation of the Historic Minor-Nelson house on High Street in Charlottesville is truly an honor. We have completed a number of historic renovations in and around Charlottesville and Harrisonburg over the years.
Built between 1830 and 1840, the Minor-Nelson house reflects the survival of Georgian Forms well into the nineteenth century. The house changed hands and functions several times in the middle of that century. It was originally built as a private home for Martha Minor. Before the civil war, it was used as a private school and during the war it served as part of the Charlottesville General Hospital in 1892, Dr. Hugh T. Nelson purchased the building and used it as his medical offices. Though owners changed, the house served the same function until 1971. In the 1970s a brick front porch and the curved stair was added.
We have taken on the task to design the restoration of the front facade that would have been present in the early 1900s honoring the history of the building and correcting some issues that existed. This historic renovation in Charlottesville will be brought back to its former glory and exist for generations to come.