The Test of Time Award, created in 1981, recognizes architectural design of enduring significance that meets the following eligibility conditions:

  1. The period of time for which the project must have endured the “Test of Time” shall be not less than 25 years nor more than 50 years from the date of initial construction.
  2. The project may be a single structure or group of buildings forming a single project.
  3. The project should still carry out the original program in a substantial manner (i.e. residential, place of assembly, institutional, education, etc.).  The project must be standing as originally designed in appearance and in good condition.
  4. The project must be located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Submission Materials

  • Nomination form
  • Nominator’s statement
    The statement should be no more than a paragraph and should include a concise description of the structure and summarize how it meets the criteria for the award.
  • Narrative information
    This information should detail the structure’s qualifications for the award, citing specific examples.
  • Images
  • Endorsements
  • Other pertinent data

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Recipients

1981
Hollin Hills, Fairfax County
Architect: Charles M. Goodman, FAIA

Export Leaf Tobacco Co., Richmond
Architect: D. Warren Hardwicke, AIA

1982
Currie House, Blacksburg
Architect: Leonard J. Currie, FAIA

1983
WRVA Radio Station, Richmond
Architect: Buddina and Freeman (now Freeman and Morgan)

Market Square, Alexandria
Architect: Neer and Graef

Arlington Unitarian Church, Arlington
Architect: Charles M. Goodman, FAIA

1991
The Boars’ Head Inn, Charlottesville
Architect: Johnson, Craven and Gibson

1995
Wessynton, near Alexandria
Architect: Deigert and Yerke & Associates

1996
The Stiles Residence, Williamsburg
Architect: Carlton Abbott and Partners

1997
Landmark Theatre, Richmond
Architect: Marcellus Wright Cox & Smith

1998
Reynolds Metals Headquarters, Richmond
Architect: Gordon Bunshaft, SOM

1999
Allied Arts Building, Lynchburg, Virginia
Johnson & Brannon, Architects

2000
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, North Wing
Architect: Hardwicke & Associates

2001
Walter and Inger Rice Residence, Richmond
Architect: Richard Neutra

2002
The Fairlington Community, Arlington
Architects: Kenneth Franzheim & Alan B. Mills

2003
The Scope and Chrysler Hall Complex, Norfolk
Architect: E. Bradford Tazewell Jr., AIA

2005
Scottsville Elementary School Addition, Scottsville
Architect: VMDO Architects

2008
Model Tobacco Building, Richmond
Architect: Schmidt, Garden and Erikson

2010
Central National Bank, Richmond
Architect: John Eberson

2012
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
Architect: Laszlo Aranyi

2013
The Wells Theatre
Designed by E.C. Horn & Sons; renovated by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

2014
The Muscarelle Museum of Art
Architect: Carlton Abbott, FAIA

2017
Virginia Eye Institute
Architect: Sandy Bond, FAIA

2019
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Architect: Ulrich Franzen