THE WAKEFIELD SCHOOL
The Plains, VA
PK-12 Educational Setting
Sensitive Historic Site with Existing Historic Structures
Planning, Design, Construction Administration and Post-Construction Services
Gained Approvals from Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals, Fauquier County Division of Zoning/Permitting and Inspection, Fauquier Department of Environmental Services
Amidst the rolling hills of the 1,500 acre Archwood Farm Scenic Preserve, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia provide a breathtaking backdrop for the Wakefield School located in The Plains, Virginia. Davis Buckley Architects and Planners (DBA) designed the 50 acre campus master plan and all Phase I buildings for this Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory school. The original manor house was restored to house administrative offices and the preservation of the fieldstone outbuildings and the historic access bridge inspired the site plan for the new buildings and established the material palette and architectural vocabulary for all future construction on Wakefield’s campus.
Preservation linking the present to the past was of unquestionable importance on this historically significant site, where Confederate and Union soldiers shed their blood in combat. DBA proceeded with great care to create an enriching academic environment within this historic setting. The new state-of-the-art facilities, featuring 20 classrooms, biology, chemistry and computer labs, an art room, library and gymnasium, were sensitively designed to complement the renovated historic structures and existing native fieldstone retaining walls. DBA designed the new building with two wings tucked into the hillside so that their mass was visually diminished. Fieldstone, cast stone sills, copings and arching reflect the forms of the original house and nearby village. A stucco finish and aluminum clad wood windows ensure durability, energy efficiency and low maintenance.