College of William & Mary The Brafferton

Williamsburg, VA

Offices, copy center, kitchenette, storage
Sensitive integration of new heating, cooling, and fire protection systems into the historic fabric
Exterior waterproofing and new clay tile roof
Basement excavation and foundation underpinning
College of William & Mary
Feasibility Study, Cost Estimating, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

The Brafferton holds the honor of being the second oldest American collegiate building still active and in continuous use. Built in 1723, it had last been renovated in the 1930s during the restoration of Williamsburg. Despite serving as offices for campus leadership, and hosting dignitaries almost daily, the building’s materials and systems were failing.

As a result of this preservation and rehabilitation effort, the Brafferton stands ready to serve the college and community well into the future. The original fabric which remained was conserved and stabilized, and the renovation work of the 1930s, with its own level of historic significance, was respected.


Preservation Virginia Gabriella Page Preservation Award

“This project should serve as a model for how campuses across the Commonwealth should be treating their historic structures.”

—Justin Sarafin, Director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement, Preservation Virginia