Built in 1921, Ashley Hall is one of the oldest structures at Valdosta State University. Originally a dormitory, today Ashley Hall houses the Department of History, Department of Philosophy, and a variety of administration offices. The rich history of the site and community was deeply important to Altman + Barrett, therefore requiring extensive research to determine the proper course of action in this historic restoration. Serious damage to the aesthetic and structural integrity built up over the course of Ashley Hall’s long life. Altman + Barrett’s vision for this project was not only to conduct the necessary physical repairs, but also to restore the sense of community pride and connection by facilitating a visual restoration to Ashley Hall’s historic roots.
“Ashley Hall is a shining example of such a restoration and is a crowning achievement for the Valdosta State campus and community in historic preservation,” Robert Tindall, associate director of facilities planning at VSU.
As a result, Altman + Barrett was awarded the SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION by the University System of Georgia, which is presented annually to projects that excel in preserving and restoring a campus building to or exceeding federal and state historic restoration standards and guidelines, and the ‘EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION’ award by The Georgia Trust.