2021 Year In Review
|This has been another extraordinary year, filled with both challenge and success. We are grateful to you – each of you – for helping us to meet those challenges and achieve that success. Most importantly, we were happy to reconnect with you as we resumed in person educational programming this spring with Quoit Club and other outdoor events, and through plenty of virtual lectures and meetings.
How can we begin to thank you – our friends, family, volunteers and supporters? You have generously given so much – your energy, your enthusiasm, your time, and your support – we are profoundly grateful for all of it! And above all – we thank you for caring as we do about Richmond’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.
This year, your support has helped us to make significant progress on many important initiatives, including:
Work on Masons’ Hall, in cooperation with the Masons of Richmond Randolph Lodge No. 19, was not only completed, but won a Golden Hammer Award! This work was made possible by the generous support of the Matthew & Genevieve Mezzanotte Foundation.
We continue to partner with the Friends of the Pump House and the City of Richmond’s Department of Parks and Recreation to develop preservation solutions for the Byrd Park Pump House.
We continue to plan for Monumental Church‘s exterior ADA-compliant ramp construction project, improving accessibility, and the exterior coatings project, protecting and preserving the exterior from biological growth, salts, rising damp, and discoloration. With a building of Monumental Church’s architectural importance, these projects are expensive and complicated. Our goal is to raise over $600,000 to support this restoration project. We are delighted and grateful to have been approved for a matching grant from Mary Morton Parson Foundation! Please consider helping us help Monumental Church, today.
The last of the first three houses rehabilitated as part of our Gateway Corridor Revitalization Project is finished! This project—a partnership with Project:HOMES, the City of Richmond, and the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust— provided permanently affordable housing while preserving the rich architectural and cultural fabric of the historic Barton Heights neighborhood. The generosity of our volunteers, community partners, donors and patrons make it possible to continue this important work.
We have spent a great deal of time this year advocating for Richmond’s historic buildings, neighborhoods and places both humble and heroic. From the City’s Richmond 300 Master Plan proposed amendments, multiple small area planning efforts and rezonings including the Shockoe Small Area plan, to the historic Second Baptist Church, to the historic gasometer at Fulton Gas Works, to Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground, to too many other significant places to list here, we have worked to preserve, protect and promote the important and authentic elements of Richmond’s built environment.
Through our educational programs, we engaged with the community and served as an informed approachable, and active community partner concerning Richmond’s historic built environment. Our many programs are highlighted in the enclosed photos and include:
Historic Richmond is deeply grateful for the partners and panelists who contributed their experienced insight and skills, and shared their knowledge with all. A special thank you to our generous sponsors of our programs Dominion Energy and TCV Trust & Wealth Management.
We are energized to see the catalytic impact of our combined efforts on a building, a streetscape, and a neighborhood. We are excited about working hand in hand with so many in the community to think creatively about solving the most pressing community issues.
We are grateful to our many partners, friends and supporters and – most of all – to YOU! Your generosity and financial support are vital to sustain Historic Richmond and move us forward. I hope you will take this opportunity to re-invest in our important work by making a gift today.