Summit Studio


methodologyHistoric Rehabilitation and Tax Credits

The staff of Summit Studio has been fortunate to work on various projects with a well-defined sense of place and architectural style.  We have learned to respect and honor what existed before, as well as to develop the forward-looking, innovative designs that provide sophisticated, modern environments within the historic structures. Summit Studio has extensive experience in researching and adapting historic and regional architectural styles for new construction and renovation for many clients.  On behalf of our clients, we complete the Part I, Part II, and Part III paperwork for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the National Park Service.  We can also prepare the nomination to the National Register if this has not already been completed.

Our team members have completed over $100 million in historic tax credit projects, a few projects that are worthy of note:

stonewalljackson_5Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton, VA – Complete renovation and addition that doubled the size of the historic downtown Staunton hotel.  Similar to the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, this project has multiple owners including the city and a separate management company.  Addition included ballrooms and meeting spaces as well as 56 keys bring the total room count to 125.  This project received $4 million in historic rehabilitation tax credits.

rhec_4Roanoke Higher Education Center, Roanoke, VA
– Complete renovation of the
156,000 square foot former Norfolk and Western Railroad headquarters building into the
home for 12 colleges and universities and three workforce training programs.  Historic tax
credits financed over $7 million of project expenses.
Construction was completed in 11 months.

ic_5Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC – Virtual reconstruction of the former Imperial Tobacco cigarette processing plant and adjacent former library building into a fine arts museum, science museum, theater, and arts education destination.  This project was in such bad condition that the National Park Service offered to have it “de-listed” from the National Register.  The restoration included the largest single use of recycled timber in the country and was financed by historic and New Market tax credits in excess of $18 million.

whr_3Warehouse Row Business Center, Roanoke, VA – complete renovation of the former fruit and vegetable warehouse into a high technology business incubator associated with the Carilion Clinic and the City of Roanoke Economic Development department.  This is a very modern intervention into a former industrial space that the Virginia Department of Historic Resources called the very best in compatible yet imaginative design.  Financed with state and federal historic tax credits of almost $2 million.