The Jefferson Pools
Details on the plans to restore and reopen the historic Jefferson pools were released on February 25, 2020 by representatives of The Omni Homestead Resort, 3North and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR). In preparing their plans, the team focused on maintaining the existing character of the Jefferson Pools, referencing the structures as they were when the resort acquired them in 1925.
“Taking the waters has been a Bath County experience for more than two centuries and this investment will ensure they continue to be for centuries to come,” said Peter Strebel, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “The architectural team at 3North worked closely with our Omni team and the Virginia DHR to ensure that the historic integrity of these structures would remain.”
Located five miles from The Omni Homestead, the goal of restoring the Jefferson Pools is to preserve as much historic building fabric as possible while ensuring that the buildings are prepared to serve many years of future use. The scope of work encompasses preserving and/or replacing in-kind the historic wood structure, windows, doors, siding and roofing along with repairing the foundation piers of both baths and the reception house. Other aspects that will be addressed include the parking area, site drainage, and upgrading the restrooms to provide a safe and accessible experience.
“There is a timelessness to structures like these. We have tremendous respect for their storied past and intend to preserve the historic building fabric in a way that maintains its spirit and meets state and federal historic rehabilitation guidelines,” said Jay Hugo, managing principal of 3North. “That said, with some finesse, we can also accommodate and celebrate the needs of today, preparing the pools for generations to come.”
Structural engineering will be handled by 1200 Architectural Engineers, PLLC from Alexandria, Va., while the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering will be the responsibility of Dunlap and Partners Engineers of Richmond, Va. Balzer and Associates of Verona, Va., are the civil engineers for the project.
*Please note that the above image is a rendering only and is not an actual photograph of the Jefferson Pools.