New additions to the chronology are highlighted in blue. As I research George Russell Tolman, a Richmond architect transplanted from New England and once parter of Richmond's "dean of architecture" Marion J. Dommon, I am developing a chronology of his life events. Here is what I have so far: 1848, Dec 5 George Russell Tolman [...]
Spring break is past now and it seems I have been all too lax in reporting my research findings. Prior to the break I took a trip up to Washington, D.C. to visit the Library of Congress' Prints & Photographs Division, where the original Clifton drawings are preserved and housed in cold storage. My appointment [...]
Here is an 1876 map showing the Clifton Hotel (red outline) in relation to modern day. The neighboring Ballard Hotel (just to the south of the red outline on the same block) was built in 1855, closed along with the Exchange Hotel in 1896 (after suffering from new competitor The Jefferson Hotel) and demolished around [...]
First owner of Clifton, Benjamin James Harris, has an interesting, yet spotty history. I am working to uncover as much about him as possible, in the hopes of establishing a feasible connection to the commission from Latrobe. So far my chronology is: 1808, March Harris owned a house at 11th & Main, called “Harris’s High [...]
Part of my project research on Clifton revolves around the final recorded inspection of the property that took place in 1903 as demolition was taking place, and were subsequently published in a 1904 edition of American Architect & Building News (page 21 and previous pages). This documentation was conducted by a man by the name [...]
Here I'll share Appendix A from the research paper on 811-819 South Cathedral Place, in Richmond, Virginia. It covers the 5 unit row and a history of events, residents and ownership from construction to VCU acquisition. Also included is a narrative description of each unit's architectural details.
Here is the presentation I gave to my group after finishing the project.
Please see below for the title page, table of contents and main body of the paper.