Originally named the Kirby-Smith House, the structure is a historic, southern neo-classical home the was built in 1907 and later acquired by the University.
The renovations included the remodel of the 6,000 square foot interiors, addition of a catering kitchen, and new office space on the second floor.
Given the nature of the project (historic renovation of an existing building), coupled with the project’s location on a picturesque campus with spotty cell phone reception and internet coverage, the project team really focused on getting back to the basics of construction rather than testing new technology.
Activities included brick restoration, replacing and refinishing wood floors, replacing rotted columns on the porches, rebuilding the back porch, and repairing wood details that had fallen into disrepair, particularly around the fireplaces. Higher energy standards were achieved with minimal visual impact through new insulation in the existing walls and the use of newer mechanical units. The result is a functional office space without sacrificing the historic nature.