R. E. Lee & Son, Inc.

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R. E. Lee & Son, Inc.
Type Construction
Founded 1939 (Charlottesville)
Founder Robert Edward Lee, co-founder
Headquarters Charlottesville, VA
No. of locations Charlottesville, Hampton and Fairfax, Virginia
Employees 300


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R.E. Lee and Son, Inc., is one of the oldest construction firms in Virginia which originated in Charlottesville. Prior to 1950, the company's main emphasis was on building custom homes for individuals. In the late 1950's, the company expanded from building private residences to include some commercial construction. The firm began to concentrate almost exclusively on commercial contracts in the 1960's. In the 1970's, the company began to compete for institutional and industrial contracts as well. Today, R.E. Lee and Son has branch offices in Hampton and Fairfax, Virginia, and employs over 300 people. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1989.[1]

Family business

The business was co-founded in 1939 by Robert Edward Lee, a mechanical engineer, and his son, Robert Erwin Lee. The Lees moved to Charlottesville in 1911. The younger Lee (1908-1978) attended Charlottesville High School and graduated from the [[University of Virginia School of Engineering[[ in 1929 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He served as a major in the army corps of engineers in World War II, 1943-1945. The third generation representative of this family owned business, Robert Erwin Lee, Jr. (Robin) is now treasurer of the company. Robin Lee (1940- ) graduated from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business in 1964 with a Master's degree in Business Administration. [2]


Projects

R.E. Lee and Sons has been involved with many important projects in the Charlottesville area. In 1976, the company renovated the interior of the Rotunda and won the "Build America Award" for most outstanding construction project in the U.S. by the Association of General Contractors and Motorola Corporation. Projects at the University of Virginia include Clemons Library, the Law School, the Graduate School of Business, the Drama Building, the Schools of Education, Engineering and Nursing, Wilson Hall, Newcomb Hall, Thornton Hall and Monroe Hall as well as Lambeth, Copeley and Married Student Housing projects and the Scott Stadium expansion. [3]

Work history includes restoration and maintenance of some of the best known historical homes in Virginia including Monticello, Morven, Mt. Vernon and Shadwell, also known as the Peter Jefferson House. [4]


References

  1. Web. A GUIDE TO THE PAPERS OF R. E. LEE AND SON, INC., 1935-1962, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, retrieved January 15, 2021.
  2. Web. A GUIDE TO THE PAPERS OF R. E. LEE AND SON, INC., 1935-1962, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, retrieved January 15, 2021.
  3. Web. A GUIDE TO THE PAPERS OF R. E. LEE AND SON, INC., 1935-1962, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, retrieved January 15, 2021.
  4. Web. A GUIDE TO THE PAPERS OF R. E. LEE AND SON, INC., 1935-1962, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, retrieved January 15, 2021.

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