Built nearly 100 years ago, the stone structure that now houses Potter’s Craft Cider is nestled in a wooded area overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Neve Hall originally served as a worship space from 1924 to the early 40s and was retrofitted by the design team at Studio Figure.
The historic stone envelope and palimpsest of plaster work inspired the materials palette. Exposed timber elements were introduced to firm up the masonry structure from the interior and support the new configuration of the second floor. Subtracted portions of the second floor were strategically placed to connect the intersection of the two halls with light, views, and a new stairway.
The interiors were activated with strategic daylighting and apertures in the newly constructed roofs. Adaptable spaces accommodate variety of public and private events, from tastings to weddings. A wrap-around patio and bocce court, surrounded by terraced lawns and a boxwood garden, provide additional outdoor space.
Potter’s Craft Cider at Neve Hall was recognized with an Award of Merit in Interior Design by AIA Virginia in 2020.
About the Project Team
Architecture Firm: Studio FIGURE
Owner: Dan Potter and Tim Edmond
Contractor: Evergreen Builders
Photographer: Nick Brinen Photography