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Commonwealth Architects wins major preservation award for renovation of The Patrick Henry Hotel

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Commonwealth Architects based in Richmond has won the 2012 Outstanding Preservation Project Award by Preservation Virginia for its work on the rehabilitation of The Patrick Henry Hotel in Roanoke. 

The $20 million project transformed a rundown hotel into a mixed-use property, preserving a historic landmark in the city’s downtown. Built in 1925, the 155,000-square-foot, 10-story hotel was part of the construction boom that swept the city in the decade after World War I.

The brick and stone Patrick Henry was rehabilitated into 132 apartments with commercial uses on the lower floors. Today, the hotel has a restaurant, coffee shop, fitness center and bar incorporated into the lobby design.

The restoration included the ballroom, where antique chandeliers were cleaned and repaired. In July, Virginia Business named the project the Best Historic Rehabilitation of 2011 in a feature on top projects across the state.

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