2011 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - VIRGINIA DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
8 Old Street in Petersburg, built by John Baird in the late 18th century, was one of the finest Federal commercial buildings in Virginia until the structure sustained significant damage from a tornado in 1993. Consequently the building fell into ruin as the upper two floors collapsed and the exterior walls became structurally unstable. StudioAmmons, in cooperation with the Department of Historic Resources, the city, and the owner, worked to reconstruct and renovate this architecturally significant building in the heart of the Old Towne Historic District. The historically sensitive design was eligible for both Federal and State Historic Tax Credits. Now the building stands as a fully restored and inhabited mixed-use building, with a commercial storefront on the street level and residential apartments on the upper floors. 8 Old Street once again completes the block and reestablishes a vital piece of the historic fabric.