Creating a chronology of architect George Tolman – update

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 born to Joseph & Elizabeth Tolman in Boston, Mass

1860 Living in Boston with parents (Boston Ward II, Suffolk, MA), age 11

1870 Living in Boston with sister’s family, brother & father; employed as a draftsman

1870s Partners with George F. Moffette to form Boston firm, Moffette and Tolman

1876 Moffette and Tolman design Charlestown Savings Bank

1880, Jun 9 Living in Boston w/ sister’s family (Ulmans’), brother & father.  Brother Albert & George listed as architects

1882 Illustrates “12 sketches of old Boston buildings”

1888, Oct Married to Eva Frances Tolman in Boston, Mass

1887 Illustrates for Porter’s Rambles in Old Boston, New England

1888, Oct Married to Eva Frances Tolman in Boston, MA

1889, Jun Leaves Boston, MA (and wife), possibly for Kittery, ME

1889 Works for Treasury Department as a draftsman at Kittery, ME Navy Yard Continue reading “Creating a chronology of architect George Tolman – update”

A chronology of events

Now that I’m completely finished with the report, I can relax a little and share the findings here on the blog.  There are a lot of parts and pieces to the research, so I’ll be adding them as posts over the coming weeks.  I also hope to create a version of the full presentation to post in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for that!

Today I’ll share with you Appendix B – which is just a basic chronology of events for each house.  You can take a look at the full appendix below, but here’s a snapshot of 811 South Cathedral Place’s major events over the years:

Pickrell-Alsop House, 811 South Cathedral Place

1889, Jul 29 John C. Shafer took out $4,500 Mutual Assurance Coverage on unit under policy #24225; Construction was in process, property owned by John C. Shafer

1889 – 1900+ Pickrell family resided

1890, Dec 16 Joint deed with 813 Floyd Avenue made as bond towards repaying of a $10,000 debt; Legh R. Page and George Christian appointed trustees

1895, Mar 24 John C. Shafer, property owner, died

1903, Apr 9 James A. Moncure, administrator of the Shafer estate transferred property by deed to Boswell Alsop for $8,500

1903, Jun 4 Cornerstone laid for foundation of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Continue reading “A chronology of events”