Frederick County, VA
Still boasting many of its original doorways, mantels and woodwork, the Inn at Vaucluse is a perfect example of integrating new world technologies into old world construction. Originally built in the early 19th century, the manor house and summer kitchen were rehabilitated into a 6 suite inn with dining spaces, commercial kitchen and offices. Formerly a part of the estate of watercolor artist John Chumley, this adaptive reuse renovation painstakingly rebuilt original buildings, maintaining the former character and historic significance, and transformed them to integrate code compliance and modern systems and infrastructure. The project incorporates new entry features and the replacement of the front porch that work as passive shading devices to help mitigate solar gain. The old windows were replaced with historically appropriate high performance units to decrease air infiltration. The overall embodied energy of the existing structure was conserved by renovating rather than replacing the historic buildings.