Nathan Alderman

After closing his beloved restaurant in the city, L’étoile chef Mark Gresge turned to something simpler (in addition to his catering business): soup. Photo: John Robinson

Soup’s on: Hearty bowls simmer in a Crozet cottage

Chef Mark Gresge missed making soup. From 1992 to 2014, Gresge ran the beloved local French restaurant L’étoile. “To me,” Gresge says, “French country cooking was the perfect cuisine. Depth of flavor, locally sourced product, a true sense of region in the cooking.” L’étoile had always run catering alongside its restaurant operations, but the growth […]

Social Hall, the anchor space of Common House located on the second floor, features an eclectic array of seating for mingling. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Future in common: New downtown social club returns to its roots

Before they could build a place to bring people together, the founders of Common House had to keep it from falling apart. Five years ago, longtime friends Josh Rogers, a creative director, and Derek Sieg, a filmmaker, returned to their hometown with a desire to help people in Charlottesville’s burgeoning creative community connect. “People are […]

1515, a new student center on the Corner, opened in March. Photo: Stephen Barling

1515 and counting: New student center builds on a patchwork past

Since its construction in 1896, 1515 University Ave. has been a drugstore, a bookstore, a boarding house, the Cavalier Diner and many more incarnations. The building, which opened in mid-March, now pieces together fragments of all its previous incarnations, giving UVA students a new place on the Corner to call their home away from home. […]

The new Environmental Studies Academy building accommodates students learning geology, earth science, biology, horticulture, water chemistry and more. Photo: Ansel Olson

Room to grow: WAHS’ new study space blends indoor and outdoor

It’s tough to squeeze the entire planet into one classroom. But Western Albemarle High School and architects VMDO have come as close as possible with the school’s new Environmental Studies Academy building, which blends indoors and outdoors, classroom and greenhouse. On a 40-year-old Crozet campus last expanded in the ’90s, “there was just no way […]