This site began in 2009 as a blog to chronicle my research on the history of 811-819 South Cathedral Place in Richmond, Virginia, for a historic preservation and architectural history course at Virginia Commonwealth University. The blog expanded to embrace subsequent research as well as my general appreciation for and interest in the architectural fabric that makes Richmond so rich and beautiful.
During one of the VCU class sessions we heard from Calder Loth, former (and renowned) senior architectural historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. He posed the question “…are [newer buildings] going to be considered worthy of preserving” years from now? Richmond has come a long way in preserving architectural character. Monument Avenue and The Fan District are nationally-recognized examples of such breadth in conservation. But we have lost so many jewels, and much remains threatened. Society seems to finally be becoming more aware of sustaining energy, our food sources, and reducing waste. I hope soon, that sentiment will extend more purposefully to our built environment.
Effectively, an architecturally rich environment is the sum of our individual properties – our homes, businesses and sanctuaries. While I’m not currently formally researching this subject, it does remain deeply interesting to me, so new topics here may be related to my personal life and home.