Historic Renovation

The Highland Center’s building is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.  It was built with all local labor and materials in 1922, serving for decades as Monterey High School and later as the county’s elementary school.






The building has not had a major renovation since it was constructed 90 years ago.  The Highland Center’s renovation will follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation and will create 58% more usable space for tenants and visitors.  Completed renovations included:

  • Exterior stabilization
  • Reconstructed ramps and lift between floors to make building accessible and ADA compliant
  • Improved stage, lighting and acoustics for performances in the auditorium
  • Creation of a state-of-the-art conference and retreat center
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Reconfiguration of kitchen to allow for multiple users; upgraded kitchen equipment
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling system with zoned controls and the installation of storm windows
  • New electrical and plumbing systems
  • Window and woodworking repairs
  • Upgraded rest rooms
  • Site and parking improvements

Architectural services are being provided by Miller-Cupp Associates in Harrisonburg.  The Highland Center’s Building and Renovation Committee includes local architect C. William Rich, Sarah Collins, Betty Mitchell, and Jason Rexrode.  View our architectural plans.

For more historic photos of the building, view the Monterey High School slideshow.

Renovation began in early spring of 2015 and final completion is expected in the fall of 2017.

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