Entries by Deneen Brannock

Upper Story Residential Development- Tech Sheet

Historic downtowns offer a variety of building types from typical commercial buildings to government buildings such as city halls and courthouses, as well as churches, banks, theaters, warehouses, and industrial buildings. With downtowns large and small reemerging as the heart of a community, where one can experience entertainment, dining, and shopping, it makes sense that […]

Twenty-four Reasons Historic Preservation is Good for Your Community

Over the last five years PlaceEconomics has done analyses of the impacts of historic preservation in nearly a dozen cities of all sizes throughout the United States. From that research they have assembled the twenty-four reasons why historic preservation is good for your city. This impressive list includes facts on how preservation benefits your community, […]

Staunton Preservationist, Vic Meinert

Staunton has been very fortunate over the past 40 some years to have individuals dedicated to preserving and revitalizing its historic resources. One of those key individuals was Vic Meinert. While the historic rehabilitation movement had taken hold in Staunton by the 1980s and the City was experiencing investment in both downtown and its surrounding […]

Eleven Questions to Ask an Architect- shared from Houzz

This article, “11 Questions to Ask and Architect”, from the popular home ideas website, Houzz, has some helpful advice for consulting with an architect.  From what to ask about fees and budgeting, to how to bring in a contractor, these are good talking points for beginning a conversation with an architect.  Frazier Associates welcomes questions […]

Loft Project Featured on HGTV Website

Frazier Associates’ design for the conversion of a small historic garage building into a urban loft is featured on the HGTV (Home and Garden TV network) website.    The design transformed a 1910 commercial garage into a small, but creative and efficient 1,260 square foot home in Staunton’s historic downtown.  The aesthetic focused on the […]

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Study

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) recently commissioned an intensive study of the economic impact of the state historic tax credit. The study, “PRESERVING THE PAST, BUILDING THE FUTURE: HRTC AT WORK IN VIRGINIA” was undertaken on behalf of the Department by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia […]

Community Wayfinding Sign Manual-VDOT 2017

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently published and adopted a Community Wayfinding Sign Manual that provides a consistent statewide policy and outlines step-by step procedures for localities to gain VDOT approval for developing and implementing, wayfinding sign systems. The manual addresses design, locations, spacing, legibility, and safety factors for communities and designers to follow […]