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University of Mary Washington Willard Hall

University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA
47,215 SF
December 2019
Train Architects, Charlottesville, VA
Higher Education Residential Life Architecture Interiors Historic Community Engagement

Built in 1910, Willard Hall originally housed the all-female student population at the University as well as the campus dining room. This project reverses a 1979 renovation which compromised the historic circulation, layout, and fabric of the building. This renovation sought to open the corridors to their original width, as well as opening the first floor of the building to provide an open living and learning common space for the residential community as well as the campus, achieving their ultimate goal of flexibility.

The building houses 160 residents as well as resident advisers and a faculty in residence apartment. The common spaces have been programmed to include a community kitchen, media room, open and flexible gathering space, floor commons and gathering nooks, as well as small seminar rooms for both academic and housing use.