“Preston Coiner loved the downtown area of Charlottesville and lived, worked and owned commercial property here. He loved to walk the downtown mall and chats with passers-by, many of whom he knew personally but plenty of others he did not. He loved to share recollections or point out historical details of the buildings. He was always available to give directions to anyone looking the least bit lost. On September 10, 2012 Preston enjoyed his last evening with family at the Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar.”
As a member of the City’s Board of Architectural Review, Coiner had a love of the city’s historic structures. And he put his money where his mouth was, restoring structures like the Moon-Henderson house, among others.
Here’s some great shots of Coiner at the City’s time capsule opening earlier this year.