The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is the oldest existing school of it is kind in the state, and among the earliest in the nation established for the education of citizens with impaired hearing and or vision. The campus is architecturally significant as the site of one of the major Greek Revival public buildings in the country. Listed on the National Register, the Main Hall was designed by Robert Cary Long, Jr. of Baltimore in 1839 in the Greek tradition of “the temple on the hill.” The subsequent campus buildings repeat the strength of design and classical vocabulary established by this landmark structure. Currently, Frazier Associates is teaming with PDP Architects to provide historic preservation, research and architecture services on the full-scale rehabilitation of the iconic Main Hall.
Frazier Associates has also completed numerous projects under a Category B Term Contract with the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Substantial roof repairs were needed on several of its large historic buildings, including Main Hall, and Swanson and Peery Halls. Frazier Associates provided full architectural services from design through construction administration for standing-seam metal roofing and other historic materials. In addition, Frazier Associates also stepped in to expedite emergency replacement of the roof of Stuart Hall, a key structure on the historic campus. Frazier Associates provided space planning for Strader Hall, completed a rehabilitation of the VSDB Chapel, and created handicap access to existing and historic buildings by designing ramps, rails, and walkways.
In addition, Frazier Associates assisted VSDB with an exterior building maintenance plan including lead paint management for several buildings, and provided documentation services for the historic Darden Hall, and oversaw the complete rehabilitation of the Infirmary at Bradford Hall. Frazier Associates’ work at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has been broad and varied, and helped the School care for and adapt their numerous historic buildings for continued use as a modern, up-to-date boarding school.