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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
Here is the presentation I gave to my group after finishing the project. Continue reading Cathedral Row, Richmond VA: The Movie!
Straightforward… here is the bibliography for the project. Continue reading Works referenced during research
Headed back to the city record room to see what can be find about the sale of 901 Floyd Street from Shafer to Gilbert J. Hunt, a prominent building contractor of the period. I’m wondering if there may have been some sort of a deal worked out for the land in exchange for Hunt’s services … Continue reading Suspicions on the builder
The week of October 12 came and went so quickly I again didn’t get everything on my list crossed off for this project or my “real” job. No surprise, it seems to be the pattern these days. The following details, though, I am happy to report:
VCU Facilities Management has electronic versions of “rough” plans for the row, and has been so kind to share their files. This will be a great addition to the project.
More importantly, Dr. Brownell and I have identified an early ancestor to the porches, found in Victorian Architecture: Two Pattern Books by A.J. Bicknell & William T. Comstock. This book reprints the 1873 edition of Bicknell’s plans with 75 plates and Comstock’s 1881 edition with 80 plates. A close cousin to almost every element of the porches are shown across these two books, including the “teeth” – as we were calling them – below the frieze, and as Dr. Brownell realized perhaps are actually a simplified version of lambrequins, as these plates seem to make more clear.
This presence points towards an elaboration of the Italianate element that derives from antiquated Venetian awnings, and promoted by A.J. Downing in his 1842 Victorian Cottage Residences, highlighted on page 116, and his 1850 Architecture of Country Houses, on page 316.
In reviewing all of these findings related to the ancestory of the porch design, we really began asking ourselves “Who designed this?” If appears to be someone who has the ability to arrange forms effectively but doesn’t necessarily Continue reading “Another week over too soon: Update”
Last Thursday I was so fortunate to publicize my project to the folks at Siewers Lumber & Millwork, who were very willing and eager to share their company history, which began in 1884. I contacted Richie Siewers about help with the millwork design of the porches on 811, 813 and 817 South Cathedral Place upon … Continue reading New Friends at Siewers Lumber