Historic Richmond’s Quoit Club

Where History & Architecture Meet for Conversation & Cocktails


Want to get on the guest list for some of the most exciting social engagements in Richmond? Membership in the Quoit Club gets you an all-access pass to the past, with members-only tours inside some of the most interesting buildings and locations in the city. You’ll mix and mingle with great people, enjoy fantastic food and drink and absorb fascinating expert commentary on Richmond history, architecture and culture. Part Happy Hour and part field trip, there’s nothing quite like a Quoit Club event.

Traditionally, quoits was a game played during the 1820s and 1840s with steel rings and metal spikes–think 19th century horseshoes. Through social gatherings, the Quoit Club supports Historic Richmond’s mission by engaging its members in caring about and for our distinctive built environment: past, present and future.

The season runs from March until October of each year; events are typically scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Members must be at least 21 years of age.



2019 Quoit Club Schedule of Events:

Annual Quoit Club Membership Drive  (FREE EVENT, must RSVP)
Virginia Museum of History and Culture 
428 N. Boulevard
Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia. The society was founded in 1831. Like most of the nation’s older historical societies, it has always been a private organization and derives virtually all its support from membership and endowment. The Virginia Historical Society elected Chief Justice John Marshall as its first president and former president James Madison its first honorary member.

Farifield- Private Home * MEMBERS-ONLY TOUR
211 Ross Road
Thursday, March 21, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Fairfield was originally known as Rocky Mills when it stood in Hanover County from the middle of the 18th century until it was moved to Henrico County in the 1920s. It is a mansion with great presence distinguished by bold classical elements combined with a traditional Georgian plan, paneling, and brickwork. Of particular note is the use of stone embellishments on the exterior, the robust Doric order in the center hall, and the finely detailed late-Georgian woodwork. As a part of its removal to its present site, the building underwent a major restoration in the Colonial Revival mode. As a result, it is both an important colonial survival and a significant icon of the Colonial Revival movement, and ranks among the most impressive of the prestigious suburban Richmond dwellings of the period. The variations in its rooms and their levels of formality give it a timeless comfortable air.

Richmond Ballet
707 E. Canal Street
Thursday, April 18, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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The Richmond Ballet moved into their current space in 2000 after a major renovation. Previously, the building had been a manufacturing facility for Reynolds Metals and featured all of the heavy concrete and rough edges one would expect to find in a 1920’s industrial building.  Rather than covering up these rough edges, the new design celebrates them with a light steel and glass roof structure that dances about the heavy concrete of the existing building, creating a ‘Ballet Factory.’ The Richmond Ballet is unusual among dance organizations in that they dance, train, and rehearse in their own single facility. There were significant challenges finding space within the existing urban infrastructure, but this project is proof of the Ballet’s commitment to the neighborhood and the belief that doing art in the city is an important and worthwhile effort. The Richmond Ballet won a Golden Hammer Award for Best Adaptive Reuse in 2018.

Laburnum House
3400 Brook Road – On Veritas School Campus (enter parking lot from Westwood Ave)
Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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This Georgian Revival style mansion was built for Joseph Bryan and was considered one of the most luxurious residences in Richmond at the time of its completion in 1908.The Bryan’s Laburnum estate was originally well over 100 acres and is the namesake for Laburnum Park.
The most impressive exterior feature of the building is a monumental, 2-story, Corinthian portico, with limestone columns. The building’s many decorative features include a Classical-style, masonry balustrade along the veranda and above the portico, raised brick string coursing, and limestone window trim featuring brick jack arches above.

1717 Innovation Center * MEMBERS-ONLY TOUR
1717 E. Cary Street
Thursday, June 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Parking Information and Map!

Based out of a 100 year-old, 5-story heavy-timber former tobacco warehouse in the growing Shockoe Bottom region, the 1717 Innovation Center is a community-driven business incubator, housing the non-profit Start-Up Virginia. This 5-story heavy-timber tobacco warehouse in Shockoe Bottom is home to Capital One’s Future Edge program, which facilitates investment in local businesses and mentoring opportunities to start-ups.

The project scope included a complete renovation of the existing warehouse to include new building systems, the addition of a 6th level for larger meeting functions, an outdoor rooftop terrace, and vertical transportation systems. Respecting the historic tradition and character of the building while emphasizing the modern building additions, the project juxtaposes new and old to celebrate its history while providing opportunities for local entrepreneurs to build the businesses of the future. 1717 Innovation Center won a Golden Hammer Award for Best Adaptive Reuse in 2018.

Barton Mansion
Thursday, July 18, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
2112 Monteiro Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
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The Barton Mansion, previously known as Corner Minor, was built in the 1890s for James H. Barton, the original developer of Barton Heights. Representative of the Queen Anne style, this house boasts a round corner tower with a bell cast roof and finial, wraparound porch, Palladian windows and lunettes in the gable ends, and is the only neighborhood dwelling with a porte cochere.

The mansion is one of the most prominent houses in Barton Heights, a remarkably intact turn-of-the-twentieth-century residential quarter of Richmond. One of the first developments in Northside, the neighborhood was annexed in 1914 and prospered through the mid-century. Still standing at the intersection of Monteiro and Vale, the house sits in the same large park that housed the town’s water supply at Mitchell’s Spring.

The mansion previously served as a home for unwed mothers, a polio treatment center, a sanitarium, and a nursing home. In 2014, Clarke Glave of Ark Construction purchased the home and is in the process of using historic tax credits to convert the building into 18 apartments that will soon be available for rent.  See more here!

American Civil War Museum
500 Tredegar Street
Thursday, August 15, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Historic Tredegar, home to The American Civil War Center, traces its roots to 1836, when Francis B. Deane founded Tredegar Iron Works. He named his Richmond plant for a Welsh town and iron works. In 1841 Deane hired Joseph Reid Anderson as commercial sales agent.  Under Joseph Reid Anderson’s ownership, Tredegar manufactured an array of items including locomotives, train wheels, spikes, cables, ships, boilers, naval hardware, iron machinery and brass items. The plant employed skilled domestic and foreign workers as well as slaves and free blacks.  One of the nation’s most significant Civil War Sites, Tredegar is now a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The newly renovated buildings include a 28,500 square-foot structure, located between the historic Pattern and Administration Buildings, is set into the hillside to incorporate ruins from the historic Tredegar Iron Works. The building plan offers expanded gallery spaces, an experience theater, and greatly improved storage and preservation areas for the Museum’s renowned collections of Civil War artifacts.


Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Thursday, September 19, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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VUU’s campus life is centered in and around its original “nine noble” buildings enlivened by their Romanesque revival-style turrets and constructed of durable Virginia granite. Completed in 1899, these were buildings of solid Virginia granite. The architecture is Richardsonian Romanesque, designed by a fashionable architect of national note, John H. Coxhead of Buffalo, New York. The buildings were arranged according to the prevailing architectural and landscape plan for college campuses at the time. The Industrial Hall was one of these original buildings designed for VUU’s campus. Nestled in this classic collegiate environment is a surprising architectural exception to the rule; the Belgian Building. Designed for the 1939 New York World’s Fair by world renowned modernist and founder of Belgian Art Nouveau Henri Van de Velde, the building was gifted to Virginia Union University by the Belgian government after the Fair’s end. This walking tour will immerse you in the campus of VUU, past and present!


2500 Grove Avenue – Private Home * MEMBERS-ONLY TOUR
Thursday, October 17, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Known in the Fan as the Boo Radley House, after the mysterious recluse in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, 2500 Grove Avenue has been recently renovated after standing vacant for nearly 20 years. Built in 1899 after the Lee District annexation, it was one of the early houses in the upper Fan. It’s plain but elegant style was updated in 1918 by noted architect Duncan Lee.

During the 2016-17 rehabilitation Duncan Lee’s work was carefully restored as well as other improvements including; a mule barn on the property that was nearing collapse due to termite damage, all new systems, and a contemporary kitchen and master bath. The owners received the 2018 Fan District Association Residential Renovation Award for the project’s positive impact on the neighborhood and was nominated for a Golden Hammer Award in 2018.



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