more ranch please

I love the Fan and Richmond's historic neighborhoods so much that I started a blog, and attended two graduate level Architectural History courses at VCU to learn more about them. At one time I proclaimed that I'd never move out of the Fan. It was home for life. Then life happened. Perhaps the results of [...]

Sound familiar?

An excerpt from Samuel Mordecai's Richmond In By-Gone Days eloquently reminisces on the "flush times" Richmond experienced after the War of 1812, during the mid-late 18-teens, and it sounds quite familiar to what many markets across the country are recovering from today.  He is quoting Washington Irving's description of speculative real estate mania from the [...]

Matching carriages in Latrobe perspectives

Matching carriages in Latrobe perspectives

Latrobe made his presentation perspective on the "Clifton" house on this particular piece of ground just come to life.  Just as he had done with previous, important presentation drawings for residential commissions such as the Pennock House or Sedgeley Villa, he depicted the owners of the home engaged in some activity, and even illustrated the [...]

And new research begins: Latrobe’s Clifton House

As I launch into the spring semester, along with new knowledge comes the research on a specially-selected topic by Dr. Brownell: The Clifton House. As I launch into the spring semester, along with new knowledge comes the research on a specially-selected topic by Dr. Brownell: The Clifton House. This house, attributed to Latrobe, once stood [...]