Historical Preservation


Historical Preservation

Purcellville Roller Rink

Purcellville, VA

The Purcellville Roller Skating Rink, is a single-story 80 x 160 feet long building. The structure was over 100 years old and was closed due to the unsafe condition created by the overstressed and deteriorating timber structure frame. The Town of Purcellville considered the rink a historic landmark and therefore desired to preserve and repair the building to meet current standards. The repairs and renovations complied with the Secretary of Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, the Town of Purcellville historic preservation and community design goals.

SWSG’s primary goals for this project were to retain and display the character-defining features of the facility and minimize the costs of the repairs. Preservation requirements for this building obligated maintaining the historical integrity by retaining the existing timber. SWSG analyzed the timber frame and made the repairs necessary to comply with the building codes. Repairs were made to deteriorated timber and compromised joints. The project was considered for a CMAA Project Achievement Award and won a 2011 Signatures of Loudoun Award for Design Excellence.

Frying Pan Meeting House

Herndon, VA

Structural engineers evaluated the wood rot found in posts, girts, and sill plates throughout the building. Stabilization details were prepared depicting the correct treatment at the different types of timber connections. Thin cross braces that fit between the framing and siding allowed for retention of the historic fabric, without altering the building form.