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Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia

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1934–1940, Sol Martin and Harvey Smith; 1993; 1995. VA 613, approximately 1 mile north of Mountain Lake

Begun at the same time as the hotel at nearby Mountain Lake Resort (GI8), this seasonally occupied research center consists of laboratory buildings, cottages, and dormitories laid out in a roughly symmetrical scheme. A circuit road surrounds the core of the campus, which features two large laboratory buildings at each end of a central axis. Flanking the central axis are most of the smaller dormitory and auxiliary buildings. The early campus buildings, including the original laboratory and four eight-bed dormitories, were erected in 1934 of locally milled lumber with buff-colored sandstone foundations, creating a rustic aspect. Several similar one-story frame buildings, including a library, were built during a 1936 expansion of the station. A few cottages, privately financed, featured wormy-chestnut-paneled interiors or insect-repelling cedar. The most collegiate-looking building in the complex is Lewis Laboratory, a three-story, hipped-roof building veneered with native sandstone and incorporating multipane sash windows.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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