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MON: 05.13.24 -- 1:30 to 7:30 pm

An Uncommon Monday: An Architectural Tour of Winchester, Va.

Cost: Varies, depending on events chosen and AIA membership level

3.0 AIA LU|Elective

Meet at the office of Reader & Swartz Architects
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Muster time: 1:30 pm at the City Meat Building
Meet in the office of Reader & Swartz Architects
Tour Period: 1:45-4:45 pm
Self-Guided Exploration from 4:45-6:00 pm: Explore the Glen Burnie House, gardens and grounds at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
AIA NoVA Board of Directors meeting from 4:45-6:00 pm: Within the Glen Burnie House at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Reception: 6:00 pm at the Glen Burnie House and gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

You are invited to an Architectural Tour just beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Winchester, Va. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester was the fourth city chartered in Virginia, in 1752. It is a small historic city with a mix of high design and frontier misinterpretation.

During this tour, attendees will explore many architectural landmarks including “the most beautiful public high school in Virginia” according to Architectural Digest. Considered one of the best examples of the progressive education movement of the early 20th century, participants will see and experience many of the principles of progressive school design. Next stop is its cutting-edge educational companion, the Shihadeh Innovation Center, where participants will see a building dedicated to hands-on learning. Switching gears, the next few stops include two quirky houses and a children’s museum, followed by a pleasant walk on the downtown walking mall. Along the way, attendees will discover numerous odd old buildings with a visit to a courthouse from 1840 with Civil War graffiti. The tour will conclude at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, which includes a museum building by Michael Graves, formal gardens, and a campus with trails, sculpture, and building follies.

This will be a fast-paced Architectural Tour of a slow-paced place. A reception in the Glen Burnie House and gardens will conclude the day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the realities and challenges of design in a place with fewer resources
  • Explore and assess construction strategies & situations in a non-metropolitan building environment
  • Examine the small city urban challenges and issues
  • Compare and contrast strategies for arts initiatives in a small place

Provider: AIA Northern Virginia
Course Code: NOVA2024-014, Session 1
Credit: 3.0 AIA LU|Elective

Details for Participants

  • ID Required: Your Drivers’ license (or other Government issued form of identification) is required for entry into some tour locations (schools).
  • Park: at the George Washington Autopark, 131 N Kent St, Winchester, VA 22601
  • Restrooms at the offices of Reader & Swartz Architects (213 N. Cameron Street ) will be available for use prior to departure.
  • Dress for the weather, and for walking & being outside.
Meet at the office of Reader & Swartz Architects
City Meat Building, 205–213 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601