The Shenandoah University Historical and Tourism Center (HTC) is a 10,000 square foot building, designed to be a new Convention and Visitors Bureau for the town of Winchester, as well as the home of the University’s diversified curriculum of tourism and economic development. Situated on land adjacent to the historic Abram’s Delight, the oldest home in Winchester, and Rouss Springs, an early water source for the town, the building design references the industrial and agricultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley.
The program for the building includes the Visitors Center, exhibition area for the Visitors Center as well as a Civil War cluster of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, a video presentation room for visitors, seminar rooms, offices, and support space.
To integrate the new building with its historic surroundings, a materials palette grounded in the regional landscape was developed. Concrete-block, standing seam metal roofs, fieldstone, board-and-batten metal siding, steel and glass were selected and utilized to relate to the local vernacular.