2014 Quoit Club SeasonThursday, March 20, 6 - 8 pm
1300 Westwood Avenue
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.Thursday, April 17, 6 - 8 pm
Dovetail Construction Co. Inc.,'The Emerald Barn'
1620 Brook Road
The building was originally an electric railway car barn built in 1907. It was one of the first steel buildings built in the area. It was arguably one of the least efficient buildings anywhere and now it is a state of the art "building within a building" that is one of the most sustainable anywhere. It is the first building in the U.S. to be LEED Platinum, on the National Register of Historic Places, and Net Energy Zero. The building won AIA Inform Magazine's: "Best Interior Design Award" in 2011.Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8 pm
RiverFront Investment Group
1214 East Cary Street
*Note this is the 2nd Thursday of May.
Located in historic Shockoe Slip, this Italianate style building was built c. 1876. Shockoe Slip was laid out prior to Thomas Jefferson's 1782 plan for the City, and it has long been at the heart of the City's commercial and economic life. Buildings in the Slip were completely destroyed by the Civil War Evacuation Fire of 1865. The District was rebuilt in the late 19th century as a commercial center.Thursday, June 19, 6 - 8 pm
2300 Monument Avenue
2300 Monument Avenue, built in 1909, was designed by architect Albert F. Hunt and served as the neighborhood speakeasy during prohibition. The basement contains the old liquor safe, a small room built inside the existing basement walls. The window inside is still boarded up with early bead-board. It is believed that patrons would enter through the garage which faced the side street on Allison (garage since demolished), go into the basement, buy their liquor from the safe room, and proceed to the front room of the basement to drink. Later during WWII the owners had the basement party room fitted with a pine dance floor for use during blackouts.Thursday, July 17, 6 - 8 pm
1015 E. Clay Street
The Wickham House is a spectacular example of 19th century Federal architecture and displays some of the country's finest examples of interior decorative painting. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Wickham House, built by John Wickham, illustrates the lives of one of Richmond's most prominent families. The Wickham House was purchased by Mann Valentine Jr. and in 1898 became the first home of the Valentine Museum.Thursday, August 21, 6 - 8 pm
Masons' Hall Masonic Lodge
1807 E. Franklin Street
Masons' Hall is the oldest building in the United States erected for Masonic purposes and continually used for that purpose. The hall was built in 1785 by Richmond Lodge Number 13 (now number 10) of the Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons on an eighty four square foot lot purchased from Gabriel Galt. The lodge has an interesting history closely associated with the affairs of the city and was frequented by distinguished men including John Marshall, Edmund Randolph, and the Marquis de Lafayette.Thursday, September 18, 6 - 8 pm
215 S. Wilton Road
Constructed between 1750 and 1753 for William Randolph III, Wilton is an impressive example of a colonial-era plantation house that once hosted esteemed guests such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette. The house formerly stood on a 2,000-acre tobacco plantation near the James River in Henrico County, but was moved to Richmond's West End in 1933. The large Georgian style two-story brick house is one of the most significant of the James River plantation mansions. Its chief distinction lies in it being the only completely paneled house in Virginia. Throughout the entire dwelling, including the closets, the walls are covered with raised wood panels above and below a molded chair rail.Thursday, October 16, 6 - 8 pm
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
800 S. Cathedral Place
Sacred Heart was designed by New York architect Joseph H. McGuire. With a $500,000 gift from financier Thomas Fortune Ryan and his wife, Ida Barry, construction began in 1903 and was completed in 1906. The Cathedral is Virginia's most distinguished example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The building is constructed of Virginia granite and Indiana limestone with a copper dome and tile roof. Six fluted Corinthian columns support the front portico. The church was not painted inside until 1931, when Italian Renaissance colors of cream and dull blue were added along with gold and glitter.
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