Virginia Celebrates Architecture

Dovetail Construction Company

City: Richmond
Date: 1907/2010
Architect: Walter Parks Architect
County: Richmond

Image Credit: Lee Brauer

24 Responses to Dovetail Construction Company

  1. Philip W. Hill says:

    Remarkable accomplishment

  2. Bailey says:

    A beautiful Building

  3. Julie Weissend says:

    Thanks Philip! That means a lot!

  4. It’s the first building in the country to be on the National Register of Historic Places, LEED platinum and Net Energy Zero.

  5. Sheri Page says:

    SPECTACULAR – LOVE IT!

  6. Brenna Harrigan says:

    Gorgeous! I would love to see this building, if only from the exterior!

  7. Anne Marie Riordan says:

    A wonderfully appealing blend of function and style!

  8. Michael Oblinger says:

    My vote goes to Dovetail Construction

  9. Pat Hargest says:

    Beautiful Bldg.

  10. Gray Parks says:

    I have been in this building and found it to be a modern office and storage building for the construction company. The use of the old street car maintenance shed for a modern office building, while maintaining the feel of the car maintenance was a very clever way to restore the building. My hat’s off to WPA.

  11. Gray Parks says:

    A beautiful application of restoring one of the old buildings of Richmond.

  12. Barbara M. Cook says:

    A wonderful use for one of the old buildings of Richmond. The room shown looks very modern.

  13. Thomas Hendry says:

    Lovely building

  14. Jim Hudson says:

    looks like the post frame buildings we used to build 25 years ago for commercial and agriculture. No big deal, no real interest unless the photo does not do it justice. They used steel which is far more costly with a poor fire rating.

  15. Beautiful buildings

  16. Paul and Jeanne Bennett says:

    A very practical and attractive remodeling of a historic site

  17. Arthur P. Deverill, Jr. says:

    A stunning interior makeover to one of Richmond’s most historic building.

  18. Joshua Coleman says:

    I can’t wait to see it in person! It looks amazing!

  19. Ruth P Roberts says:

    Wonderful inspiration for present and future architects!!

  20. Margaret Goff says:

    Beautiful Building

  21. Wendy Martin says:

    This one gets my vote for both the past and future of VA architecture! 🙂

    It’s the nation’s first nationally registered historic building that’s both net-energy zero and LEED platinum certified, the highest ranking for environmental construction standards.

    It used to be a former trolley car barn for the Richmond-Ashland Railway Co. Today it’s the HQ of Dovetail Construction and an inspiration for scores of current and aspiring young architects. They give tours to scout troops and aspiring architectural students on a regular basis. I visited this building after reading about it in Style Weekly:

    http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-beauty-of-zero/Content?oid=1787173

  22. The building was an electric railway car barn built in 1907. It was one of the first steel buildings that was built in the area. “Carnegie 1903” is embossed in some of the steel. It was arguably one of the least efficient buildings anywhere and now there is a state of the art “building within a building” that is one of the most sustainable anywhere. It is net energy zero with solar power, LED lighting and geothermal heating and cooling. The utility bill is a $14 administrative fee. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s LEED Platinum and it won AIA Inform Magazine’s: “Best Interior Design Award” in 2011. http://readinform.com/inform-awards/2011-inform-awards/

  23. Wendy Martin says:

    This one gets my vote for both the past and future of VA architecture! 🙂

    It’s the nation’s first nationally registered historic building that’s both net-energy zero and LEED platinum certified, the highest ranking for environmental construction standards.

    It used to be a former trolley car barn for the Richmond-Ashland Railway Co. Today it’s the HQ of Dovetail Construction and an inspiration for scores of current and aspiring young architects. They give tours to scout troops and aspiring architectural students on a regular basis. I visited this building after reading about it in Style Weekly:

    http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-beauty-of-zero/Content?oid=1787173

  24. Peter says:

    Could you tell me where this is. I get to Richmond from time to time. It’s hard to understand how it could be LEED Platinum and net enrgy zero if it is, as the photos seem to show, sheet metal construction with no insulation…..I’m not arguing, I really want to know about this accomplishment, and to have the chance to visit it next time I’m in Richmond. Thanks,
    Peter

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