Hexagon Energy Moves into the Historic Coca-Cola Bottling Works
Hexagon Energy has a new home for our growing team. On Friday, we moved into the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Works in downtown Charlottesville. Built in 1939 and later expanded, it was used as a production facility until 1973 and then as a distribution center until 2010. In 2013, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, in recognition of its historical and architectural significance as Charlottesville's largest and most prominent example of Art Deco architecture.
The original building is a two-story, reinforced concrete Art Deco style factory faced with brick, a one-story wing, and a detached one-story, 42-truck brick garage. When built, the main building featured a special room where the secret recipe Coke syrups were kept and big, street-front windows that allowed passersby to watch the bottling process. In 1955, a one-story attached brick addition was constructed on the east side of the garage providing a bottle and crate storage warehouse. Then, in 1981, a one-story, "L"-shaped warehouse built of cinder blocks was added to the plant.
In 2015, a group of local developers completed the historic renovation and restoration of the Coca-Cola Bottling works, creating a mix of retail and commercial offices. The 38,000 square foot building is currently home to UVA’s Licensing and Ventures Group, Tickets Today, several restaurants, and a bike shop.