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 … Continue reading Walking The Clifton Site
On Tuesday of this week, I was very fortunate to meet with Mr. Walter Harrow from the Virginia Baptist Mission Board who was so incredibly kind to give me a tour of 819 South Cathedral Place, the westernmost unit of our row. This is also the unit that appears to be the first sale and deed transfer from developer John C. Shafer to George Stevens in 1892.
It is understandable why this home was so desirable. George Stevens was already residing on the row two houses down at 815 Floyd Avenue and evidently liked the location. He was married and probably living with a few small children as well as an in-law, according to the Richmond Directories of that time. 819 was built with a slightly wider footprint, and of course being on the end offered more windows for added light and circulation, which couldn’t hurt the full household. And, Stevens was headed up the ladder towards distinguished success at Chesapeake & Ohio Rail. He was in the position to make the purchase of a comfortable residence for his family. Continue reading “A Visit to 819 S. Cathedral Place”