Downtown – Staunton, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ August 31, 2019/ downtown, placemaking, preservation, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

T. J .Collins designed the Marquis Building on Beverley Street with a corner turret, bay windows, and gable-roofed bays. Together these give this commercial building a commanding presence at the intersection that it rests upon.

The T. J .Collins designed Switzer Building with triple arches on the 2nd floor based on larger Venetian palazzos with a diamond pattern of terra cotta.

The charm of Staunton is in its landmark buildings but also the streetscapes. From the brick sidewalks, to furniture, to plantings, to storefronts – everything is well designed and cared for.

Augusta County Courthouse Building is a Beaux Arts style building with a two-story front-bay central portico and one-bay hyphens connecting to one-bay wings on either side. At the crossing is a domed cupola. Extensive ornamentation is in the pediments. Pilasters and capitals are made from a yellow pressed brick that contrasts with the red brick color of the building walls. A stone belt course surrounds the first floor of the building. The building was designed by T.J. Collins and construction completed in 1901.

Excellent way to recognize building owners who have made improvements by placing a plaque.

Ice cream shop has figured out how to “show me don’t tell me” by showing the different sizes and costs.

Even the parking garage is done well. Notice the uses at ground floor to encourage pedestrian activity at street level. The architectural details screen the deck and make it fit in with other nearby buildings. This is also where the Visitor’s Center may be found.

Ordinary landscaping would simply not do for Staunton. That is why this 18 foot watering can greets motorists as they are coming and going. Also, it screens the railroad bridge behind it nicely.

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About Isaac Kremer

A nationally recognized downtown revitalization leader, downtowns Isaac managed achieved $350 million of investment, 1,300 jobs created, and were 2X Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist and a 1X GAMSA winner in 2023. His work has been featured in Newsday, NJBIZ, ROI-NJ, TapInto, and USA Today. Isaac is a Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) with additional certifications from the National Parks Service, Project for Public Spaces, and the National Development Council.

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