Late former Leesburg mayor, county Board of Supervisors chairman, historian, retailer, and journalist Frank Raflo on Tuesday was honored for a “lifetime of achievement” with the Signatures of Loudoun Vision in Design award.
Raflo served as mayor of Leesburg from 1961 to 1963, was on the Board of Supervisors from 1972 to 1986 and chaired that board in 1985. During his career in public service, Raflo hired Leesburg’s first town manager and helped draft the county’s first comprehensive plan. Raflo Park, which runs along the Town Branch in Leesburg and hosts the ArtsPARKs sculpture trail, is named in honor of Raflo and his wife, Frances.
He is the fifth person to be recognized with a Vision in Design award. His sons, Paul and Alan Raflo, accepted the award.
The Loudoun County Design Cabinet’s 14th Annual Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Program also honored nine structures from among 30 nominations.
And while data centers generally may not have a reputation for attractiveness, the Design Excellence Award in Pace Setters went to the RagingWire Ashburn VA3 Data Center. The newest of RagingWire’s data centers, and the first and flagship facility on a new 78-acre campus that will eventually contain seven data centers, the design cabinet said VA3 “is both a great server environment, and a terrific place for people to work, with comfortable high-tech offices and modern amenities along with natural light and an outdoor patio.” The cabinet also remarked on the 16-megawatt facility’s “energy efficiency and sustainability practices.”
The new Sterling Library won two awards for its interior design. On top of winning the Interior category of the design awards, it was selected for the 2018 Students’ Choice Award by students from Loudoun high schools. The design cabinet noted its “natural daylight and vibrant colors” along with its makerspace, co-working areas, reading pods, modular work lounges, solar tube skylights and LED lighting. It was designed with input from the community.
The Legends category, for recognizable and unique objects that have “stood the test of time,” went to the West End Wine Bar and Pub in Purcellville. Built more than 100 years ago as The Courtney Inn, the building has housed a variety of restaurants and an insurance agency before its most recent renovation. Owners Larry Johnson and Brenda Daeschner worked with architect Beck Dickerson to create the restaurant as it stands today with exposed old brick and custom-crafted tables.
The Makeovers category, for historic renovation and restoration, went to Goodstone Inn & Restaurant near Middleburg. During its expansion, the restaurant added a glass conservatory to the existing dining room and matched its expansion to the surrounding landscape and buildings.
The public spaces category went to the Tippecanoe Lake Pollinator Garden in Ashburn. The design cabinet remarked on its sustainable, native, four-season landscape design.
The Discover the Charm mural in Leesburg and the Star Window at Notaviva Vineyards were recognized in the Details category. The mural features scenes from the Fourth of July fireworks at Ida Lee Park, the W&OD Trail, First Friday, Tally Ho Theatre, local restaurants and shops on King Street, and the Shocktoberfest haunted house at Paxton Manor. It was created by Leesburg-based graphic design agency Sagetopia with the support of the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts. The star window is high on the side of Stephen and Shannon Mackey’s custom-built timber framed building, which houses the tasting room at Notaviva.
Delirium Café in Leesburg was honored in the Familiar category, which goes to structures that are “notable for exceptional and harmonious design that elevates a community’s existing architectural fabric.” The design cabinet said Delirium successfully integrated an Old World-style brasserie into downtown Leesburg when it took over two buildings at the corner of King and Loudoun streets. The buildings were both built around 1800, originally a tack shop and a private home. Delirium joined the buildings and exposed the original brick wall and supporting timber truss beams inside.
And the Infrastructure award went to Loudoun Water’s Trap Rock Water Treatment Facility, which is mostly constructed and scheduled to open this summer. The design cabinet noted its “bold and expressive design moves” and the “low-impact development principles” in its construction.