Kingsmill Residence

Glavé & Holmes was brought on to demolish the owner’s current house and build a new home on the current home site with water views on three sides. Consistent with their goals, the focus of the project was to craft a gracious flow between the primary rooms of the house while maximizing views out to the water. The design centers around an arrival court with the main house centered and anchoring this paved elegant arrival. Wings on each side contain the more private aspects of the house, each of which were designed to embrace and showcase the family’s collection of art and furnishings collected over many years of travel. The rear of the house flows out to covered porches and a large bluestone, elevated patio which engages with the landscape beyond. Throughout the house, on both levels, rooms have windows and balconies to introduce light and take advantage of the site’s unique water views. This project was done in collaboration with Smith McClane Architects.

Pannill-Smith Hall

Glavé & Holmes designed a new academic building for Virginia Episcopal School (VES), a private boarding/day school located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Pannill-Smith Hall provides an innovative, yet grounded, learning environment that encourages open collaboration and provides educators the flexibility to design curricula that demonstrate the core philosophies of VES.

The design exhibits a timeless, sustainable, and forward-looking design to revitalize the core philosophies of the school and feature inspiring spaces that promote intellectual playfulness between and amongst the faculty and students. The building is adaptable to changing needs and program and provides flexibility to serve a variety of approaches to learning and teaching.

Reid Parlor

Glavé & Holmes collaborated with Sweet Briar College to create a lively and comfortable space for students, faculty, and alumni to gather for both social and academic purposes. The design team created a classic and serene space with high performing finishes. Indoor/outdoor area rugs protect a seamless patchwork of old-and-reproduced historic wood flooring. Approximately one-third of the seating was salvaged and reupholstered from across campus to align with the college’s environmental values. The new furnishings are residential-feeling and were selected to feel cozy and residential. The design evokes a sense of an elevated “living room” where students can meet with classmates to study, enjoy an afternoon of visiting with friends or parents, or discuss an upcoming exam with a professor.

Saint Gertrude High School

Saint Gertrude High School (SGHS) is an all-girls school division of the Benedictine Schools of Richmond. SGHS desired to relocate to the 50-acre Benedictine Abbey campus, shared with Benedictine College Preparatory. Glavé & Holmes Architecture, in collaboration with Bartzen & Ball Architects, designed a new academic building to support an enrollment of 280 students. The building sits on a bluff, seventy feet above the James River Valley. It is prominently visible by cars driving northound across the Veterans Bridge above the James River. The new building includes a Chapel, a Grand Hall for school gatherings, a Dining Hall with prep-kitchen, classrooms, labs, and administrative offices. A modernized Spanish Mission style architecture was used, incorporating architectural elements of SGHS’s existing building.