Following my research on Richmond’s South Cathedral Place, I was assigned a topic that had led many previous researchers to dead end after dead end: a long-demolished Richmond structure attributed to our country’s first professionally trained architect and first Architect of the Capitol, B. Henry Latrobe. Latrobe could be considered an architectural historian’s ultimate celebrity [...]
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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 [...]
Here is the presentation I gave to my group after finishing the project.
What makes our row on South Cathedral Place isn't just the history of who built it and who lived there, but the style. The row combines the best of the Modern French, Queen Anne and Italianate into it's own cohesive Freestyle cluster. The Freestyle became a pattern in itself in many instances in the Fan. [...]
Got back from the circuit court records room a little while ago, and although I did not find the rosetta stone I was hoping for, I did learn that there was a history of substantial business transactions between John C. Shafer and Gilbert J. Hunt in the conveyance of undeveloped land tracts. After a successful [...]
I've come across some helpful old maps of the Richmond region detailing our property. The Library of Congress's American Memory collection features a F.W. Beers Atlas from 1876. In section J, you can zoom in and get a great look at the area prior to development of the row, but you can see that it [...]