Wolf Ackerman and Hanover Avenue Complete Stylish Common House Club in Charlottesville
The members-only social club, a sensation that has permeated London, New York, and Los Angeles, is taking root in smaller cities. Three graduates of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville—already accustomed to the school’s fraternities, sororities, and secret societies—have founded Common House nearby. It occupies a 1913 building that was coincidentally also a club, called the Mentor Lodge, and has now been transformed into a modern-day version by Wolf Ackerman Design and Hanover Avenue. The 7,000 square feet are divided into lounge, dining, and coworking spaces and outfitted with chairs by Mario Bellini, chandeliers by Gino Sarfatti, tables topped with heart pine reclaimed from the original building, tilework inspired by Oscar Niemeyer, and murals by regional artists. Next up? Common House Richmond, about an hour away.