This evening I met with T. Tyler Potterfield, author of Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape, and Gibson Worsham, Architectural Historian at 3north and author of the blog, “Urban Scale Richmond,” for a tour of the Clifton site. We began with a brief overview of the Capitol hill and walked over to the neighboring hill — both among many “spurs” of the Shockoe Plateau — Council Chamber hill. By referencing maps from 1809, 1817 and 1835 along with overlays of Latrobe’s proposed site plan and Sanborn maps of where the built structure actually stood, we were able to approximate the original streets and alley ways as well as the buildings of interest. It was pretty exciting!
Click here or below to view a photo album of the tour. Below that is the where we identified clifton to have stood based on comparing Google maps to an 1876 Beers map with the actual footprint.
|The Actual Clifton Site|