The Arcadia Files

Photos of Historic Buildings and Landscapes Pulled from the Archives of Arcadia Preservation, llc
Blue Ridge (Albemarle County, Virginia).  Built 1852 and expanded in ca. 1910 and 1923.

Blue Ridge (Albemarle County, Virginia).  Built 1852 and expanded in ca. 1910 and 1923.

The U.S. Capitol’s interior dome.  Designed by Thomas U. Walter and built between 1855 and 1866. 

The U.S. Capitol’s interior dome.  Designed by Thomas U. Walter and built between 1855 and 1866. 

ca. 1910 Mt. Tabor Church (Crozet National Register Historic District) - Crozet, VA

ca. 1910 Mt. Tabor Church (Crozet National Register Historic District) - Crozet, VA

ca. 1909 Crozet Hotel - Crozet, Virginia

ca. 1909 Crozet Hotel - Crozet, Virginia

Prince Frederik’s Battery - St. Thomas, USVI
A Danish gun battery built in ca. 1777 to protect the harbor at Charlotte Amalie.  When constructed the site held a quarters building, a kitchen/latrine, ramparts, and a terraplein. The fortifications were abandoned when they were no longer needed to guard the port and currently the site is accessible from the US Virgin Islands National Park on Hassel Island.  

Prince Frederik’s Battery - St. Thomas, USVI

A Danish gun battery built in ca. 1777 to protect the harbor at Charlotte Amalie.  When constructed the site held a quarters building, a kitchen/latrine, ramparts, and a terraplein. The fortifications were abandoned when they were no longer needed to guard the port and currently the site is accessible from the US Virgin Islands National Park on Hassel Island.  

ca. 1824 Prison - Lovingston VA
A floor plan and building specifications for this small but sturdy building (it has two foot-thick walls) were developed by Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson’s interests in architecture not only included grand buildings like the Rotunda at UVA but also more modest buildings such as this prison.  The building was recently saved from possible demolition and is currently being rehabilitated into offices for the local Government.  

ca. 1824 Prison - Lovingston VA

A floor plan and building specifications for this small but sturdy building (it has two foot-thick walls) were developed by Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson’s interests in architecture not only included grand buildings like the Rotunda at UVA but also more modest buildings such as this prison.  The building was recently saved from possible demolition and is currently being rehabilitated into offices for the local Government.  

Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District - Albemarle County, Virginia
Looking eastward towards the Ragged Mountains from a hillside on the Blue Ridge Mountains.  First settled in 1734 by Michael Woods and other Scots-Irish immigrants traveling down the Shenandoah Valley’s Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania, the district remains largely rural in nature and is filled with fields, woodlands, and peach orchards.

Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District - Albemarle County, Virginia

Looking eastward towards the Ragged Mountains from a hillside on the Blue Ridge Mountains.  First settled in 1734 by Michael Woods and other Scots-Irish immigrants traveling down the Shenandoah Valley’s Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania, the district remains largely rural in nature and is filled with fields, woodlands, and peach orchards.

Interior of Poplar Forest - Forest VA
The framing for the bed alcove that divides the East Chamber.  The reconstruction of Poplar Forest’s interior is ongoing and provides a rare glimpse into early-19th century construction technology.  

Interior of Poplar Forest - Forest VA

The framing for the bed alcove that divides the East Chamber.  The reconstruction of Poplar Forest’s interior is ongoing and provides a rare glimpse into early-19th century construction technology.  

Poplar Forest - Forest, VA
Built between 1808 and 1816, Jefferson’s rural retreat is a distinct combination of Palladianism applied to architectural theories developed during the French Neoclassical period. Arcadia has never worked at Poplar Forest, but the house, and its ongoing restoration, continues to inspire.  Photo taken 8/2012

Poplar Forest - Forest, VA

Built between 1808 and 1816, Jefferson’s rural retreat is a distinct combination of Palladianism applied to architectural theories developed during the French Neoclassical period. Arcadia has never worked at Poplar Forest, but the house, and its ongoing restoration, continues to inspire.  Photo taken 8/2012

Tiverton - Greenwood Rural Historic District, VA
An exemplary example of Neoclassical design, Tiverton was initially constructed in 1910 but it underwent a substantial renovation in 1935 after a fire destroyed much of the interior.  The house was possibly designed by prominent Washington architect Waddy Wood (1869-1944) and is modeled after the White House.

Tiverton - Greenwood Rural Historic District, VA

An exemplary example of Neoclassical design, Tiverton was initially constructed in 1910 but it underwent a substantial renovation in 1935 after a fire destroyed much of the interior.  The house was possibly designed by prominent Washington architect Waddy Wood (1869-1944) and is modeled after the White House.