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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. Continue reading Shafer’s Row History and Architectural Catalogue
Yesterday I received my photocopied reprint of the 1890 Norwalk catalogue compliments of the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America. On page 197, I came across our bronze lock plate! And, thus was able to confirm that the aged number 6843 on the back was read correctly, and was in fact the style number for that item. What’s interesting was this particular design was found across a wide range of items, from knobs to doorbells, drawer pulls, etc.; anything that was bronze – or iron – hardware. Continue reading “Norwalk Catalog Arrives”
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”
Went through a 1970’s reprint of John Leighton’s Suggestions On Design, offering just over 100 plates (1000’s of drawings) of motifs he designed. Came across a match identified as Moorish with the cubic overlapping and interlacing ornamentation terminating with a floral motif. Many of the Moorish designs also suggested a variation in texture in the … Continue reading An element of the hardware ID’d
It’s been a week since posting; lots of non-school work keeping me busy this past few days. I am hoping to uncover and identify a motif in the porches of our properties. Dr. Brownell is curious about a possible Indian inspiration here. There are also come similarities in the porch detail and the hardware pattern, … Continue reading Looking for a motif
Last Friday, the folks at 813 S Cathedral – The VCU Wellness Center – were so kind as to help me investigate the manufacturer of the beautiful bronze sliding door locks and pulls of their building. This set was the best I’ve seen in the three units I’ve explored so far, meaning, they are the only ones not painted over, and still exhibit the beautiful craftsmanship and finish. We carefully unscrewed the screws and gently pulled out the pulls and lockset, revealing the manufacturer to be Norwalk Lock Co. Continue reading “Norwalk Lock Co. Hardware”