Gaines Group Architects


Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Contractor: JM Apartments
The Chesapeake Western Railway Depot was built in 1913. This building, listed on the national historic register, had fallen into disrepair after a fire in 1982 that shut down regular operations. The fire damage to the building was mainly in the warehouse and attic of the office building, but the water damage from years of leaks impacted every part of the building. Our goal in the renovation design of this building was to preserve the historic character while highlighting the elements that are original and those that are new construction. We looked for ways to implement energy efficient solutions while maintaining the character of the building. This increased occupant comfort and reduced energy bills while telling the story of the historic structure. The finished building by all accounts is a huge success.
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