Appendix F: CAD Floorplans View more documents from Jessica Bankston Continue reading CAD Drawings of Cathedral Row
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
What a great site I just stumbled upon on the VCU Special Collections Online Exhibits! The “Rarely Seen Richmond” collection allows you to peruse through over 600 postcards of the Richmond scene from the early 20th century. These miniature works of art show us what was important for Richmonders to share with the rest of … Continue reading Rarely seen early 20th century Richmond
Just as an exercise in considering and narrowing down the possibilities, I made this chart recently. There certainly could be more names to consider, but I started with the most relevant possibilities. The men I considered mainly include builders mentioned in Drew Carneal’s Richmond’s Fan District, builders identified in the 1985 Historic District Nomination form … Continue reading Narrowing down the builders
In 1914, a parcel of land – really a 20′ alleyway – a block away from our row was once subject of an appeals case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Apparently, the parcel bound by Park Avenue, Franklin, Shafer and Harrison Streets that was once John C. Shafer’s, held an alley connecting Shafer and Harrison Streets, … Continue reading Neighboring Shafer property ends up in Supreme Court
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”
Click here for a link to an online gallery of the exterior and interior of our row, as well as the surrounding area and landmarks. Also, below is a link to a google map! View Larger Map Continue reading Project Photo Gallery