THE CAROLINA DINING ROOM had become dated after years of hard use. Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) took on the challenge of renovating and refurbishing the space, working in tandem with a local architectural firm. Everything was renewed or replaced except for the luxurious Venetian glass chandeliers, which have added glamour to the room for a half-century. The G&HA design concept honors the architecture of the venerated space, but has freshened and lightened the former palette.
New carpet with a foliate design references the Transcendental Movement and the original design language of Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed the resort, along with the Boston architectural firm of Kendall, Taylor, and Stevens. The chairs and tables were replaced and the chairs were embellished with an embroidered floral fabric made in India for Stroheim fabrics. The window treatments are a sporty blue and white stripe and complement the yellow walls and the garden views that include a new courtyard with a central fountain.
The silver-plate serving vessels in the entrance of the room are from the Tufts Company, one of the many successful enterprises established by Pinehurst founder, James Walker Tufts. The art program tells the story of Pinehurst in photography and a collection of period menus, which feature holiday feasts and depression era pricing. The renovation was conceived comprehensively along with the rebranding of the restaurant, the recreation of a more casual and relaxed environment and a new menu with a focus on fresh, local, farm-to-table ingredients.
THE 1895 GRILLE in the Holly Inn at Pinehurst is one of the most iconic spaces surviving from the resort’s 1895 beginnings. The Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) design team was sensitive to this history when commissioned to redesign and expand the beloved restaurant. New millwork and beams were carefully crafted and stained to complement the originals, and unique materials such as hand-blocked wallpapers from England, fabrics from Italy, and a custom carpet helped to achieve historical veracity.
The pierced-back chair with its tulip poplar motif (after a prevalent North Carolina species) is a bespoke piece inspired by Arts and Crafts architect, Charles Voysey.
FOUNDED IN 1882, the Hotel Roanoke rises above the city of Roanoke and is intricately intertwined with the city’s social fabric and regional history. Steeped in long-reaching ebb and flow of revival and renewal, the hotel underwent numerous renovations and additions, some prompted by natural disaster or economic trends, and many in response to technological and social changes. The Regency Room, the Hotel’s primary formal dining space, was a result of an expansion in 1938. The large, formal dining room has been witness to countless celebrations and is imbedded in the memory of many as iconic as the Hotel Roanoke itself.
Recognizing the need for the Regency Room to continue its legacy of renewal and in honor of the dining room’s 75th anniversary, the hotel commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) to renovate the space. Working closely with the hotel and its board of directors, G&HA developed a plan that would welcome a new generation of patrons to the cherished restaurant. The process involved the introduction of a new dividing wall, upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, and the refreshing of the interior finishes and furnishings. The addition of the dividing wall creates flexibility in the floor plan and allows for a more intimate dining experience while maintaining the integrity of the original design. The interior finishes for the dining room were carefully researched with regard to their historical context within the hotel as well as with regard to the room’s Regency namesake.
THE HALLSLEY CLUBHOUSE is a 5,200-square-foot resident’s club and pool complex situated on five acres within the Hallsley neighborhood in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Known for architecturally diverse residences and catering to a multitude of families, East West Communities engaged Poole & Poole Architecture for the building’s design and Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) to design the interior and roof-covered outdoor spaces, as well as to consult on exterior finishes for both the building and pool.
The concept for the interior design creates a thoughtful reflection of the building’s traditional architecture. Interior and exterior finishes, furniture, and lighting was selected to enhance the rustic, handcrafted character of the space while remaining family-friendly and flexible for community events. The process also involved developing a comprehensive millwork package for the bar, kitchen, and restrooms that belies commercial expectations for use and contributes to the cozy and welcoming atmosphere.
Reclaimed pine and oak were used in the ceiling beams, fireplace mantle, and indoor and outdoor bars. A stone herringbone accent wall at the indoor bar adds texture and character by implementing a traditional pattern in an unexpected manner. Plate rail height V-groove paneling on the perimeter of the room creates intimacy in a space with 18-foot-high ceilings. Hardwood floors, painted finishes, simple fabric, and upholstery and carpet specifications in a classic pallet collectively define the desired simplicity and ease of maintenance.
THE HISTORIC DUNHILL HOTEL, in the “Uptown” district of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the oldest hotel in the city center. Established in 1929, the hotel was designed by architect Louis Asbury Sr., and was originally called the Mayfair Manor. To reinvent the hotel as the chicest boutique hotel in Charlotte, the G&HA team crafted a fresh, energetic design that merges Art Deco and British design elements into a scheme entitled “Cool Britannia.” The once worn and dated space is now a vital part of the city’s nightlife and is a favorite gathering place for those attending concerts, museum openings, and other Uptown events. Provocative colors, a blending of trend and tradition such as tufted chairs and bobbin legged tables, and an intentional theatricality have revitalized this jazz age tower and have made it a top contender in the expanding hotel market.
The Dunhill Hotel is among the few hotels in North Carolina registered on the National Trust Historic Hotels of America and is one of the program’s first boutique establishments. The ten-story hotel has been fully restored and is a landmark in the arts community and cultural district. Its refined architecture with neoclassical embellishments adds character and distinction to the Uptown skyline.
NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville’s Boar’s Head Inn offers guests a luxurious experience in a timeless, pastoral setting. The University of Virginia Foundation acquired the Boar’s Head in 1988, and commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) to design a new conference facility.
The new state-of-the-art Meeting Pavilion expanded the inn’s current conferencing capabilities with a 5,400-square-foot ballroom, a business center, a break-out meeting room, pre-function space, and full commercial kitchen. The massing and proportion of the building relate to the residential scale of the inn’s context. The design, drawing influence from English Arts and Crafts architect Charles Voysey, complements the Boar’s Head tradition of Old English country inn hospitality.