Brody Jewish Center

University of Virginia,
Charlottesivlle, Virginia

The Brody Jewish Center, Hillel House at the University of Virginia, is located in the Rugby Road-University Corner historical district near the University’s grounds.  It was founded in 1941 and provides social programs, community service opportunities, educational seminars, and religious offerings for the University’s Jewish students. The historic building, to be named the Larry W. Berman House, was originally a residence built in 1913-14 with an addition later built in 2011. The Brody Jewish Center engaged the team of Martin Horn and Glavé & Holmes Architecture to provide a feasibility study for renovating a portion of the existing facility.  The scope of this feasibility study was focused on renovating the historic house and improvements to the surrounding site.  It included a conditions assessment, programming study, conceptual floor plans, cost estimate, and images for future fundraising.

The feasibility study helped define the scope of work necessary to renovate the historic house to accommodate the current staff in a more functional office setting, attract students for studying and socializing, and increase student and staff interaction. The team developed a design that complies with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards in order to maintain eligibility for state/federal historic tax credits.