Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Study Model

Making an Addition/Renovation Understandable

Model House
This model was constructed to show how some interesting use will be made of the interior spaces.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reinventing Jefferson's Village

Our Founding Father Envisioned a Nation of Villages

Atwood Village
A village center created for Crozet...

Sprawling metropolis was probably not something our founders could imagine. They saw a nation made up of villages were agriculture and industry were more localized. Today the opportunity exists to convert some of our old strip malls into centers for villages. Here is one developed by one of my clients that I helped visualize.

Atwood Village the footprint of an old strip mall.

Crozet Station
The final design as I painted it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Virginia's Open for Business

The McDonnell Administration Will Soon Roll Out the Mat!

Corporate 1
Concept for reuse of the old Martha Jefferson Hospital... Your new corporate headquarters?

It's time to get ready. Virginia will soon be promoting its pro-business atmosphere to the world. Here are some examples of concept development that I've done for reuse of existing properties that are opportunities waiting for people to come and fill. When you are ready to promote these opportunities Concept Development services give you an affordable way to give prospective clients the big picture.

Corporate 2
Another view of revitalized Martha Jefferson complex.

Green 1
A new look on Main Street!

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's Not About the Picture...'s About Changing the Picture!

Change the Picture!
Vacancy rates remain high as the Fed declares recession ending.

When is the recession over for you? It is when your projects have wind in their sails again. How can an architectural presentation service help end the recession? We can provide quick visuals that help your potential client 'see' themselves in your project. We've helped put NPR's new studio in Charlottesville into one of our client's spaces and we can do the same for you.

Get some ideas at Our Web Site and call us.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Roads to Rails Exhibit

B&O Museum in Ellicott City

Roads to Rails
Our model in the Roads to Rails Exhibit.

Model with plexiglass case removed for clarity.

Case Removed
Model with plexiglass case removed for clarity.

Detail: Top to bottom; Castle Angelo, Patapsco Hotel and B&O Station.

Roads to Rails
Banner for 'Roads to Rails.'

Friday, July 10, 2009

Civil Rights Museum

Concept for Danville Galleries

Moton Gallery
'Bound for Freedom' Gallery concept.

Moton Gallery
History of 'Massive Resistance.'

Moton Gallery
Galleries set into historic school.

Reconstructing Ellicott's Mills

Capturing the Feeling of 19th Century America

Ellicott Montage
Photo montage of Ellicott City in 1972.

Ellicott Sketch
Sketch based on photos and 1854 lithograph.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Model Arrives in Baltimore

Delivery to B&O Museum

Dave Shackelford Receives Model

Arriving in Baltimore
Model for future inclusion in 'Roads to Rails' exhibit.

Retail Concept

Enlivening a Neighborhood Revitalization

Retail Concept

Retail Concept

Retail Concept

Retail Concept

Retail Concept
Concept development.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Model of Historic Railroad Depot

Ellicott City Maryland in the Mid-nineteenth Century

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad crosses the National Road.

The Ellicotts' flour mill.

Shops in the center of town.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Its Not That Easy Being Green

Parking Lot Study for Charlottesville Project

South Street elevation with trees.

Plan view showing green on trellis.

Detail showing trellis elevation.

Planters inspired by Bouchart Gardens.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Celebrating 25 Years in 2010

Places We've Been To...

Hugh Newell Jacobsen lectures
with some of our renderings as
a backdrop. Photo courtesy of
The Virginia Center for

final inspect
Here is the model of the Riggs
Alumni Center we built for Mr.

Model of Forest Hills Resort in
Hiroshima, Japan.

Forest Hills Model.

Arnold Palmer inspects our
model of one of his course

Pro shop for Clubsource Design.

Model of Woodrow Wilson
Presidential Library.

Rendering of new Monticello Visitors Center.

The Art of the Presentation [click to read].

Over the years we have had the opportunity to serve some of the finest architectural designers with quality hand illustration and scale models to present their concepts. The 'Art of the Presentation' takes a look at some of the places we've been to and the fine people we have had the opportunity to serve. You'll also get a chance to see us at work creating scale models for a variety of applications.

Fine craftsmanship is essential to the building process. It is essential to the creative process as well. Come see how we've had a hand in some great projects.

Building your vision - A look at how we help bring design concepts to life...

Monday, May 25, 2009

In the Studio

Creating Concepts

studio 2
At the drawing board.

studio 1

Model Making

Creating Topography in Our Model Shop

Model Shop
A historical display taking shape.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Village at Afton I

The Vision...

A World-Class Entrance to Shenandoah National Park,
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro and the Valley



In earlier times it was the site of a busy Howard Johnsons and a Holiday Inn. Exit 99 on Interstate 64 was actually the preferred exit for Wintergreen before the road up the mountain was upgraded. Indeed one would have predicted a bright future for businesses located at the Southern entrance to Shenandoah National Park, the Northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the gateway to the beautiful Valley of Virginia. Today the area has fallen into ruin. Even the Afton Convenience Store is closed and the Visitors' Center is going away to a modular trailer. With the 75th anniversary of the Skyline drive approaching in 2011, it is time to think about revitalizing this important place.

So imagine the fog lifting one morning to reveal a new 'Village at Afton.' A bit of Tyrolean culture in Rockfish Gap. It is not so out of the question. [Next]

Village at Afton II

The Village Economy

Bright Cafes, Cobblestones, Fine Accommodations and Shopping!

The model for this is the Village at Stratton Mountain [click to view] in Vermont, although the Village at Afton would be on a smaller scale. Guests would be able to stay in rooms and suites above the retail spaces.

Update: Lynn [SWAC Girl] just suggested that the residential units above the retail space should be for year-round living. You'd have the views like you were living in Wintergreen but you'd be living in a village. Also you would have an easy drive to Charlottesville, Waynesboro or Staunton. [Next]

Village at Afton III

So What Do You Do with the Water Tower Again?

The water tower encased in a baroque chapel.

I love those villages in Europe where the church spire is the identifying landmark. It is also the tallest building in the village. Why not disguise the rusty water tower as such a church and use the spire as a cellular tower? [Next]

Village at Afton IV

New Travel Center/Market/Camp Store

A new travel center.

Where the Afton Mountain Convenience Store sits now a new travel center should be constructed. The center should reflect the Tyrolean theme of the village and would be similar to the Market type stores in Charlottesville. There should be an expanded camp store and a Subway type sandwich shop for quick meals. This would be the only franchise food in the village and would be primarily aimed toward the through traveller. [Next]

Village at Afton V

Renovated Inn at Afton

Renovations to the Inn at Afton.

Once one of Holiday Inn's choicest properties, the Inn at Afton could be renovated to provide clean economical accomodations and the excess capacity allows for housing seasonal staff for the village. Many resorts recruit college students to expand their Summer staff and the village should consider such a program.

Appalacian Trail hikers could also be accommodated in an economy section. The skating rink might be rebuilt if it proves feasible. [Next]