Aug 20

George Mason School

Our original [email protected] website post, dated August 20, 2019, has been updated with additional information, research, findings, and photographs. Background Thanks to some super sleuths, it was noted that the oldest remaining portion of George Mason Elementary School (Figure 1) incorporates a cornerstone with a 1922 date. The George Mason Elementary School has a complex Continue Reading...

Sep 18

523 N. 28th Street

Year Built: 1895 Architectural Style: Vernacular Italianate District: Church Hill North  The main cornice of number 523 is a pleasant once with nicely detailed ornamental brackets between its flat panels. Above the panels is a row of elongated dentils. Below the cornice are handsomely fitted single and double windows that echo the dentils and brackets in Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Susannah Walker House

Year Built: 1860 Architectural Style: Greek Revival District: Church Hill North  The 500 block has an impressive row of similar houses. They are among the last Greek Revival houses built on Church Hill North as evidenced by the entrancContinue Reading...

Sep 18

Joseph Watts House

Year Built: 1855 Architectural Style: Greek Revival District: Church Hill North  It is interesting that the house was built in a style usually found much earlier. It has fastidios stretcher brickwork. It was subsequently owned by William Folkes.  In January, 1983, when Historic Richmond purchased the property to ensure its preservation, the original servants’ quarters were still Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Nelson Turnley House

Year Built: 1853 Architectural Style: Greek Revival with Victorian additions District: Church Hill North  Mr. Turnley was a custodian at the Medical College, and later a tobacconist and land developer. The house was built as a three-bay building with a side-hall plan. In the last decades of the nineteenth century, the house was extended to the south Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Billups Houses

Year Built: c. 1884 Architectural Style: Queen Anne District: Church Hill North Both houses, 601 and 603, are presumed to have been built soon after 1884, when one of them was constructed by Robert Sims. Both were owned by Charles Jackson Billups, who operated the Billups Funeral Home at 2500 E. Marshall St. Number 601 is called Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Hiram Oliver Double House

Year Built: 1860 Architectural Style: Greek Revival District: Church Hill North Hiram Oliver was a large-scale builder in the district. During the antebellum period, speculative building became the norm. Oliver was manager of T. C. Williams, a tobacco manufacturer, and also the first treasurer of the local Masonic Lodge. The house remained in his name until 1942. Continue Reading...

Sep 18

James Parkinson House

James Parkinson House, c. 1818 Architectural Style: Federal District: Church Hill North Parkinson was a clerk at Rocketts, the port of Richmond. The present porch is a Victorian alteration. Flemish-bond brick with very simple flat arches over the window reflects the Federal period. This house with its rear addition is one of the more interesting structures Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Francis V. Sutton House

Year Built: c. 1858 Architectural Style: Greek Revival District: Church Hill North The small front porch on this house is one of the earliest example of the Renaissance Revival style in Richmond. The high retaining wall, which abuts the herringbone-pattern sidewalk, protects theContinue Reading...

Sep 18

Reuben Ford House

Year Built: 1855 Architectural Style: Greek Revival District: Church Hill North The house is named after the first pastor of the Leigh Street Baptist Church. This is a typical Greek Revival house with a shallow hipped roof, large windows, and a small entrance porch. The flat chimney on the side of the house is found occasionally throughout Continue Reading...

Sep 18

418, 420 N. 27th Street

Year Built: 1896 Architectural Style: Vernacular District: Church Hill North  The quadruple house at 414-420 has retained much of its original porch with the cornice, turned posts, and varied brackets typical of its era. It is interesting to note that in front of these houses is a well-preserved stretch of herringbone brick paving. This type of Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Wills Store

Year Built: c. 1813 Architectural Style: Federal District: Church Hill North Between 1813 and 1815, Charles Wills, captain of the local Camp Holly Militia, built a unique, two-story brick store at 401 N. 27th Street. Wills at one time owned the entire block and resided at 407 N. 27th Street. He opened the first grocery store Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Wills House

Year Built: 1812 Architectural Style: Federal District: Church Hill North The largest existing frame house in the district was the home of a wealthy and prominent merchant, Captain Charles Wills. It is the oldest house remaining in Church Hill North. The survival of so many of the original beaded boards is remarkable. The house was restored Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Payne House

Year Built: c. 1880 Architectural Style: Victorian District: Church Hill North The cornice is beautifully detailed and its white paint allows the details to be seen very easily in the natural light. All the windows and front door have well-crafted segmental arches consisting of segmental lintels and a central keystone. The porch cornice is ornamented with Continue Reading...

Sep 18

C. L. Denoon Double House

Year Built: 1889 Architectural Style: Vernacular Italianate District: Church Hill North This house is somewhat similar to other double houses in Richmond; however, its use of double windows on both floors and the actual space between the two houses at the first-floor level is unusual. A typical Italianate cornice with brackets, dentils, and ornamented panels cap Continue Reading...

Sep 18

2708-2710 E. Leigh Street

Year Built: 1888-1890 Architectural Style: Queen Anne District: Church Hill North Built by the Billups family as rental property.  It has a floor plan that includes corner porches with details and materials found in few Church Hill houses. Fortunately, the posts and ornamental lattice have survived. Typical of the turn of the century, the upper Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Frederick Elliott House

Year Built: 1847 Architectural Style: Italianate District: Church Hill North The house was built in 1847 with additional improvements in 1874 by Elliot. It is an elegant frame, Italianate townhouse with an exceptionally pleasant Eastlake front porch with very tall windows rising from the floor. The first-floor windows are framed with full-length louvered shutters, a rare Continue Reading...

Sep 18

Andrew Gentry Double House

Year Built: 1847 Architectural Style: Greek Revival District: Church Hill North   The double house at number 2605-2607, built by Andrew Gentry, is a rare example of all stretched-bond construction. A few headers do occur in the seventh course from the ground and may have supported an earlier porch.  Its brickwork, cornice, porches, and all but Continue Reading...

Sep 18

2703 E. Clay Street

Year Built: 1880 Architectural Style: Italianate District: Church Hill North The double house at 2703 has an original cornice with panels, ornamental brackets, and dentils. Both houses have transoms over their front doors with modern stained glass. The eye-catching porch railing at 2703 is distinctive. These frame buildings are attractive examples of the late nineteenth-century Continue Reading...