Transformation of the Historic Monticello Dairy Receives Recognition for Excellence in Design


AIA NOVA Design Board of the Dairy Market

Cunningham | Quill Architects is proud to announce that the Dairy Market - The Revival of a Community Landmark received an AIA Northern Virginia Jurors’ Award in Historic Architecture.


The adaptive reuse of the historic Monticello Dairy is the revival of a community landmark located in the 10th & Page neighborhood of Charlottesville, VA. Tracing its roots back to 1912, the Monticello Ice Cream Company began as a one-room ice cream business that supported generations of local dairy farmers and provided Charlottesville residents with dairy products for over 70 years. The Monticello Dairy was an iconic community gathering space – popular for its ice cream parlor, event space, and festive holiday displays. Today, the reimagined Monticello Dairy, now named Dairy Market, includes a Food Hall, office building addition, and functions as an inclusive community resource that champions local small business entrepreneurs. This development demonstrates how the re-use of historic structures contributes to the social, economic, and environmental value of our neighborhoods and cities.



“I thought it was really striking that there was a historical and cultural narrative here.”

- Jordan M. Mrazik, AIA | AIA NOVA Juror



To view a recap of 2022 AIA NOVA’s Design Awards Honorees, along with what the jury had to say about the Dairy Market, click here.