Jul 21

Quoit Club | The Scott House

The Scott House is one of Richmond’s most important architectural survivors from the great age of American patronage called the American Renaissance (1876-1914).   The American Renaissance movement took shape at the time of the nation’s Centennial, when Americans began to see our country as a successor to the great civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, Renaissance Italy, and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe.  American merchant princes, the new “Medici,” and their architects laid claim to the artistic wealth of centuries past.

So it was with the Scott family and their architect Henry Baskervill, of the firm of Noland and Baskerville.  The exterior of 909 West Franklin Street takes its theme from Marble House, a Vanderbilt Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, and from the source of Marble House, the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The first floor of the Scott House is a form of architectural museum, with rooms in many different styles, each style normally having been chosen for its association with the function of the room.

 

Tickets: Members are free, $20 a person for non-members. Tickets here.