Chesterfield, VA

project size

55,000 SF


Museum Design


Sustainable Design

Envrionmentally Sensitive Site

New Facility

Research Facility

Section 106

Castlewood was built on a hill top overlooking Iron Bridge Road prior to 1820 with portions dating from a half-century earlier and currently houses the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. Historically important as an early, unusual and interesting example of high-style vernacular residential architecture in the Tidewater region, Chesterfield County received a Save America’s Treasures’ grant for the renovation of the exterior envelope of Castlewood, which mandates that all work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Davis Buckley Architects and Planners (DBA) was chosen to be the preservation architect for the Exterior Repairs and Painting project at Castlewood.


DBA prepared the Construction Documents and worked with County staff to meet the state and federal reviews requirements, including facilitating an archaeological study. DBA undertook color analysis of the historic paint, as well as microscopic analysis of the paint’s composition, identifying the cause of the building’s chronic paint instability. The construction project includes masonry repair, window repair, exterior wood repair, the reconstruction of the historic front porch, and the erection of a new awning roof over the rear entry, based on historic conditions. In addition, the exterior paint on the building will be removed and abated, eliminating the cause of the paint failure, along with the lead in the historic paint. On a highly visible knoll at the bend in Iron bridge Road, upon completion Castlewood will again be a healthy, handsome building, attesting to the County’s historic character.