Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Christiana Lafazani


Is it possible for a small hotel to strengthen connections between local and transient groups? Can a small hotel serve as a host to visitors to Richmond, Virginia but also serve as a ‘third place’ for people who live and work in the city? The Branch Public Baths Building in Richmond, Virginia will be renovated to strengthen community by serving as a restaurant and providing accommodations and interaction to a wide variety of travelers through an urban hotel setting. The Branch Public Baths cafe and restaurant can be an ‘anchor’ third space. This unique design solution can strategically integrate the third space as gathering space. It will be a hybrid version of a coffee house, bar & restaurant and hotel. It will be a destination in itself not just for overnight guests.


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VCU University Archives

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VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2013