Merit Award: Elegant Institution

A university building gets some much needed care, restoring it to its former elegance.

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Challenge: Transform a dilapidated turn-of-the-century mansion into a larger home for the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. The building was suspended on pylons so that the foundation could be restored and the basement rebuilt. Judges appreciated: the structure’s elegance.

Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Designer:  Mitchell/Matthews Architects & Planners, Charlottesville
Contractor: Nielsen Builders, Charlottesville

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