Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Albright, Dustin Graham URN etd-06052008-121715 Title Elastic, Pure, and Invigorating: A Cottage Row for Yellow Sulphur Springs Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Member Keywords
- yellow sulphur springs
Date of Defense 2008-04-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractSituated between Blacksburg and Christiansburg in Montgomery County, Virginia, the Yellow Sulphur Springs Resort began in 1810 as a collection of rustic cabins and closed in 1923 with two hotels, numerous cottages, a bowling alley, and a springhouse gazebo. In the interim, the resort hosted summer travelers seeking refreshment and leisure. Whether drinking the medicinal spring waters or catching up with last summer’s acquaintances, guests found Yellow Sulphur to be a peaceful and rejuvenating stop on the springs circuit. Currently, the property is privately owned and its owners have expressed interest in renovating the remaining hotel and opening a restaurant on its first floor.
Presupposing this renovation and a subsequent reopening of the Yellow Sulphur Springs Resort, I proposed a new series of seasonal cottage rows to house resort visitors and have designed one row in particular that overlooks a small spring on the site. Each cottage was divided into public, private, and most private spaces, both formally and systematically. Additionally, a distinction was made between the sulphurous spring water below and fresh rain water, which is collected above, to reflect summer light into the bathrooms following afternoon showers.
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