A luxury apartment complex honors founding designers Jaque Robertson and Gerald McCue
If you haven't been through downtown New Albany in the last year, you might want to check it out. The area has taken on the aesthetic of a college campus since the construction of Market & Main, a multiuse, luxury apartment complex that features several buildings—all finished in the New Albany Communities' trademark Georgian styling.
And there's a reason for that collegiate feel. Several of the New Albany Communities' designers are—or have been—leading academics at some of the top design schools in the country. The work of two of those early designers was recently honored when two buildings at Market & Main took on their names.
The Robertson is named for Jaque Robertson, the former dean of the school of architecture at the University of Virginia, a longtime professional consultant with the New Albany project. Robertson has also prepared the master plans for Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson; the Battlefield Museum at Gettysburg; and several other projects, including residential communities in varying states.
“In New Albany, we've taken the root system of American architecture, the Palladian theme, and recreated it in a lovely rural landscape,” Robertson said early on in New Albany's redevelopment.
The McCue is named after architect Gerald McCue who, since 1986, has been a consultant to the New Albany Communities. McCue first taught at University of California, Berkeley, and founded a West Coast architectural firm popular for designing everything from high-end custom homes to high-tech research campuses. In 1976, McCue became chair of Harvard's graduate school of design and later served as the dean of design there.
As most locals are aware, New Albany's original visionary was Les Wexner—the founder, chairman and CEO of L Brands. Longtime Wexner colleague Jack Kessler, from the beginning, shared Wexner's vision for the redevelopment of the formerly rural town on the eastern edge of Franklin County. Kessler is chairman of The New Albany Co., which partnered with Kaufman Development on the Market & Main project.
Alongside Wexner and Kessler, the communities' less local, yet still monumental, designers have also included:
Landscape architect Laurie Olin, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, is a former chair of the department of landscape architecture at Harvard and leads his firm, OLIN. Graham Wyatt, a New York-based designer, has worked with Robert A.M. Stern Architects since 1983. Educated at Princeton, Columbia and the London School of Economics where he was a Marshall Scholar, Wyatt is an expert in academic structures and classrooms and is LEED accredited, recognized as a leader in the field of environmental sustainability.***
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