Arlington House

Arlington, VA

Exhibits, collections storage, bookstore
Accessible interpretive trail
Sensitive integration of new building systems into the historic fabric
Review and approval by the Commission of Fine Arts
National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Parkway
Programming, Site Analysis, Cost Estimating, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration

Rehabilitation and restoration of the mansion, outbuildings, and grounds of the Arlington House enhances the visitor experience for nearly 600,000 people annually. The project included restoration of exterior and interior finishes, improved site and building accessibility, including new ramps sensitively integrated with the historic fabric, and building systems upgrades to improve comfort and protection of the structure and collections.

Altering the interiors of an existing historic outbuilding facilitated the inclusion of larger exhibits that tell a more complete story, while a bookstore addition to the current freestanding comfort station improved site circulation by removing this function from a sensitive historic structure and enhanced compatibility of the comfort station within the historic context.