Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center
Fort Monroe is located near Hampton, Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and was an active military site since before Revolutionary War and continuing into this decade. The stone fort was constructed after the War of 1812 and was the largest of its kind constructed in the United States.
Along with the National Park Service, the Fort Monroe Authority is working to redevelop the site to showcase its historic context and commercial and residential potential. Through the adaptive reuse of the 1909 Coastal Artillery library building, the Visitor Center will provide a point of entry to the Fort as a whole and specifically to the existing Casemate Museum.
The existing T-shaped building is constructed of hollow clay tile floors spanning between a steel frame supported on multi-wythe brick masonry walls. An interior skylight and second floor opening had been closed in during prior renovations and will be restored to provide natural light to the interior. New additions will provide accessible circulation, exhibit space, and a rooftop deck over the Fort.