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Located outside the District of Columbia in Fairfax County, Virginia, the historic Lorton Prison, originally commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century, is undergoing a multi-phase extensive redevelopment, based on the principles of adaptive reuse. Spaeth Hill was brought onto the team as the signage consulting and design specialists. Early on we realized the site itself didn’t have a formal name. The location’s history was our foundation and the adaptive reuse became our inspiration for
a new identity: Liberty.


Being over 80 acres, this site required that we develop an extensive Comprehensive Sign Plan (CSP) which was, at the time, the largest sign plan ever developed in Fairfax County. Our main goal for the project was to revitalize the space in a way that fits with the site’s historic architecture, while still feeling new. We used chemically treated aluminum to achieve a rusted look, reminiscent of corten, and repurposed old foundation bricks from the site for the base of the monument signage.

Signage / Wayfinding / Comprehensive Sign Plans

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