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February 08: Home style

February 08: Home style

We see hundreds of them every day. Houses are everywhere, just like cars. Yet most of us are better at identifying Subarus and Chevys than we are at figuring out whether that place on the corner is a bungalow or a Cape. Which is ironic, since it’s the houses we live in, not the cars. […]

Rock this town

Rock this town

More feature articles: Function is the new formTwo architecture firms find beauty in utility Fresh airA modern landscape breathes new life into formerly segregated Washington Park Home styleTransplants shop for tradition; tourists come for the cutting edge Democracy in designMaurice Cox champions a traditional ideal to solve modern urban problems Almost a decade ago, when […]

Being a buyer

Being a buyer

caption p.17: Jim Duncan, local Realtor and blogger, told us that the rising tide of houses doesn’t have to drown buyers. “When you actually start looking, the pickings are fairly slim, realistically.” No big secret here: The local real estate market, at the moment, favors the buyer. Sellers are gritting their teeth and trying to […]

But what about the money?

The house is one thing; the mortgage is another. Perhaps the most daunting aspect of the market right now is the fact that the lending industry itself seems to need a serious renovation. How can you get the financing you need without risking collapse? We turned to Matt Hodges, a partner and loan officer at […]

"We All Live in Bordertowns"

"We All Live in Bordertowns"

art Photography’s a multifaceted world these days, and it certainly looks that way at Migration‘s invitational show. There is traditional black-and-white work; there is vivid computer-manipulated fantasy; there is work that puts its conceptualism at the fore. But it’s not really because of these many approaches that the show feels like such a crazy quilt; […]

The art of being a host

The art of being a host

Here it is again: the season when all manner of family, friends and near-strangers will be parading through your house. They’ll eye up every detail of the décor, run through your entire stock of juice boxes and possibly even smash an object you love. Even scarier? They might bring suitcases. 200 South Street Inn has […]

A Room of One's Own: Opening the book of history

A Room of One's Own: Opening the book of history

As a member of Charlottesville’s Planning Commission, Cheri Lewis (who’s also an attorney) is used to dealing with thorny questions of how people and architecture interact. It can get pretty hot in that particular kitchen—i.e., lawsuits from developers, a vigilant citizenry—but Lewis’s own cooking and eating space at home feels like a true refuge. What’s […]

Chef smart

Chef smart

Marisa Catalano is sitting pretty. Not only does she help run the upscale Italian wine bar enoteca—an opportunity she calls “priceless” for a 29-year-old culinary school grad like herself—she lives in an apartment with a killer view of Carter Mountain, Charlottesville and the hills beyond. When she moved here from New York a year and […]

Fuzz

Fuzz

art Fuzzy art, it turns out, is something of a relief. This show’s title, says curator Patrick Costello, refers vaguely (fuzzily?) to the soft texture of the fabric that’s one of the collection’s favorite materials, and to its “warm and fuzzy” emotional slant. Though the Bridge, like most gallery spaces, tends toward the architecturally hard […]

Umbau breaks mold to fight sprawl

On the front page of the website for Umbau, a 2-year-old architecture school in Staunton, “we fight sprawl” is the most concrete statement of a shared goal, though certainly not the most high-minded. “At Umbau you will set the paradigms,” the site proclaims. “Total departure. Radical…What the world needs.” And: “Build Puccini.” The manifesto-worthy rhetoric […]

How UVA reduced water use by a third

If all the city’s water customers were swimming around in a pond together, UVA would be a mighty big fish. In 2006, the University went through 438 million gallons of water, which is 13,305 gallons per person (including faculty, staff and students). Given that the pond itself is looking drier—both the city and Albemarle County […]

"Sculptures from the Collection"

"Sculptures from the Collection"

art It’s never a good sign when a person enters an art exhibit and feels dismissive. Usually the problem is with the viewer, not the work. Perhaps it’s a lack of education; then again, perhaps it’s a disappointed urge to get lost in something, or open something in the mind. A small sculpture show at […]

Docs eye future migration

Docs eye future migration

Like chicks around a hen, there’s a whole contingent of medical practices that cling to the skirts of Martha Jefferson Hospital within the leafy E. High Street neighborhood. The offices of internists, orthopedists and obstetricians fill converted houses and small office buildings along E. High Street, Jefferson Street and Locust Avenue. And, as the mother […]

From little to big

From little to big

If there's one profession that's well represented in Charlottesville, it's architecture. The local glut of designers—from neo-Jeffersonian to eco-contemporary—partly accounts for all the great houses here. This year, as we looked forward to our children's design issue, we started to wonder: When architects become parents, how do they design spaces for their own kids?

Created space

Created space

If Belmont’s Douglas Avenue were a family, Joan Schatzman would be the matriarch. The native Chicagoan moved here in 1978 and bought four houses on the avenue because, she says, "I wanted to shape my neighborhood." Decades later, the result of her efforts is a diverse and tight-knit community that gets together at holidays and […]

Kluge estate sued for unpaid cleaning bills

Kluge estate sued for unpaid cleaning bills

Steamy temperatures aside, it’s not turning out to be such a hot summer for Kluge Estate, the business incarnation of local millionaire Patricia Kluge. First, the company’s boutique gas station/bistro/café, Fuel Co., closed abruptly on June 30. Now, Kluge Estate is being sued in Albemarle County Circuit Court by a cleaning service for unpaid bills […]

Your kitchen's soul, revealed

Your kitchen's soul, revealed

Sometimes a design trend looks attractive as heck on the surface—and then when you start to consider actually implementing it in your house, problems arise. We’ve noticed open kitchen cabinets everywhere from design rags to the chic-er local kitchens we’ve visited: simple shelving with no doors, showcasing rather than hiding cabinet contents. There’s no denying […]

True hue

True hue

A new book says point, click and color your world. We recently got an eyeful courtesy of Sally Fretwell, an architectural psychologist (how ’bout that job title?) who until recently lived in Charlottesville and has just published a book called The Power of Color. Filled with photos of tropical fish, Venetian canals and showy flowers, […]

6,078

6,078

When lightning strikes, it’s time to keep the fridge shut, plug in a vintage phone and write a letter to your auntie. Specifically, that number reflects Dominion customers in Charlottesville and Albemarle who were affected by storm-related power outages in August 2006. Clearly, this time of year is high season for thunder crashing, lightning flashing […]

Porch places

Porch places

A trend in some larger cities right now has neighbors restoring the old-fashioned front porch culture that once flourished in most towns. That means they sit in plain view of passers-by, exchange niceties with those on the sidewalk and hold gatherings that welcome neighbors stopping in. What makes this possible in some ‘hoods, while others […]

Cobs of fun

Cobs of fun

Mark Jones of Cismont, with the help of friends and neighbors, is in the process of building an outdoor oven from cob. The material is also used to build houses and other buildings. Never heard of cob building? No surprise: It’s a lot more common on the wacky Left Coast than in these parts. In […]

The Every Piece Of Art In The Museum Of Modern Art Book

book “This book contains every piece of art that was visible to the public at The Museum of Modern Art from January 19 to January 31, 2005.” The flatness of this declaration, printed on the book’s inside front cover, reverberates in its stark black-and-white presentation throughout, as expressionless as a pamphlet on fire prevention. This […]

Sultry-night salad

Sultry-night salad

Says Gay Beery, owner of A Pimento Catering, this is a salad for steamy soirées: “Serve this on a hot summer evening alongside a piece of grilled fish or chicken, and with a fresh loaf of bread!” Makes sense to us: There’s enough flavor (between the arugula and fennel) and substance (blue cheese) here to […]

Living history

Living history

Sarah Owen and Andrew Sherogan are the latest in a very, very long line of people to occupy their house. Once a kitchen or cook’s house on a 1,020-acre plantation owned by the uncle of Meriwether Lewis, “The Farm” was built as early as the 1730s—some say it’s the oldest house in Charlottesville—and has a […]