Rebuilding the Jefferson pool houses, Warm Springs, Virginia

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Virginia Tech


The warm springs pools, a natural wonder, are worth protecting and preserving. They are an important monument to the history and culture of the area. Architecture has the opportunity to function as a catalyst to reuse and reinterpret spaces in order to strengthen their place in history.

This thesis is an investigation into the history of the warm spring pools and an analysis of existing conditions in order to determine the best approach to rejeuvinate and enhance the structures. It is an attempt to design updated structures while maintaining a balance between the old and new.

Decisions on how to maintain and enhance the structures were made through study sketches, photographs and model building. The questions that are posed in the project include but are not limited to what can be changed or updated to not take away from what exists.



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