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.

The Membership Drive is a FREE event open to everyone interested in joining the 2017 season.
Registration is required. RSVP to info@historicrichmond.com or 804.643.7407.



2017 Quoit Club Schedule of Events:

Annual Quoit Club Membership Drive
The Train Shed at Main Street Station
Thursday, February 16, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Main Street Station train shed is under construction and expected to be complete in Spring 2017. The $49 million, 100,000-square-foot renovations will transform the train shed into a location that will include event space, retail space, a welcome center and transportation hub. The shed’s features include outfitted and stained timber from Washington State, riveted steel that was part of the original site in 1901 and outdoor boarding platforms. The station will be a center for trains and buses, as well as pedestrian and bicycle traffic, that will connect to the Virginia Capital Trail.

East End Theater
Thursday, March 16, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
What was once the historic East End Theater of Church Hill, is now a newly constructed apartment community.  Originally constructed in 1938, this re-purposed historic landmark is the matchless coalescence of iconic architecture, structure and modern décor.  Completed in June of 2015, this three-story building houses 22 apartments.  The Liberty Public House restaurant is located on the ground floor.

508 St. James Street – Hard Hat Tour
Thursday, April 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
508 St. James Street was built in 1915. Designed by Charles Thaddeus Russell, one of Virginia’s first black architects, this house served as the home of prominent African-American physician, Dr. William Henry Hughes. The property later became the Negro Training Center for the Blind; it was the only public school for blind African Americans in Virginia.

Zarina Fazaldin recently purchased this property and plans to use historic tax credits to rehabilitate this Jackson Ward property. This will tour will be a hard hat tour – please wear appropriate clothing and shoes!

Kent-Valentine House
Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Built in 1845, the Kent-Valentine House was designed by Isaiah Rogers, a prominent Boston architect, who once served as Supervising Architect of the United States.

The original owner, Mr. Horace L. Kent, worked as wholesale dry goods merchant and served Richmond City Council in 1868.In the early 1900s the house was sold to the Granville Valentine family who added the beautiful east wing with a Colonial Revival style and a third floor. The third floor was a functional space used by the Valentine family as a classroom for their children.

In 1971, the Garden Club of Virginia purchased the house and transformed the residence into a functional space while maintaining its architectural integrity.

In 1995, a complete restoration was done by the Garden Club of Virginia to preserve each parlor to its original design, reflecting the Colonial and Gothic revival styles. During this restoration, a tower was added to the east side of the house that included an elevator, allowing the house to be handicapped accessible.  Kentvalentinehouse.com

Private Home on Monument Avenue – *Members-Only Tour
Thursday, June 15, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Maymont Mansion |*note this is a change
Thursday, July 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In 1886, James and Sallie Dooley acquired farmland on the banks of the James River, where they planned to build a new home. Their architect, Edgerton Stewart Rogers (1860-1901), born and educated in Rome, combined the Romanesque Revival style with the picturesque Queen Anne for the Dooley residence. By 1893, the Dooleys were living in their new 12,000 square-foot, 33-room home, which they named “May Mont,” a name which combines Mrs. Dooley’s maiden name and the French word for hill.

Among historic house museums, the Maymont Mansion is rare in that no intervening families or adaptive conversions separate us from the original owner’s 32-year occupancy. Despite the fact that no architectural drawings or other early records of its construction and design have survived, its physical integrity and ongoing research has provided a solid base of documentation. Within six months of Mrs. Dooley’s death in 1925, the mansion was opened to the public as a museum. The upper floors’ interiors and a large original collection remained relatively untouched until the beginning of the restoration in 1970. Since the nonprofit Maymont Foundation took responsibility for the estate in 1975, extensive conservation and restoration have greatly enhanced its authenticity, condition, and presentation.

St. John’s Church
Thursday, August 17, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. John’s Church was the first church built in the city of Richmond. It was completed in 1741 as part of the Henrico Parish, established in 1611. William Byrd II, founder of the city of Richmond, donated the land and timber to build the church. The graveyard is the site of the first public cemetery in Richmond. Many persons who made contributions to the history of Richmond and Virginia are buried here, such as: George Wythe, signer of the Declaration of Independence and teacher of law to Thomas Jefferson, Chief Justice John Marshall, and Henry Clay; John Page and James Wood, Governors of Virginia; Elizabeth Arnold Poe, mother of Edgar Allan Poe; and Dr. James McClurg, a Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. In 1961, the National Park Service designated St. John’s Church a National Historic Landmark.

St. John’s Church became famous when over 100 Virginia colonial leaders, including Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, and Peyton Randolph met here in March of 1775 for the Second Virginia Convention. They met in Richmond to avoid the wrath of Royal Governor Lord Dunmore who resided in Williamsburg. St. John’s Church was the only building in Richmond big enough to hold the delegates. Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death”speech was delivered on 23 March, 1775, inside the church. Henry’s timely resolutions passed by a narrow margin. The American Revolution began the following month when shots were fired at Lexington and Concord.  Historicstjohnschurch.org.

Tektonics Design Group
Thursday, September 21, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tektonics was formed in 2003 by Christopher Hildebrand and Hinmaton Hisler. As a design firm with an adjacent prototyping and manufacturing space, Tektonics is unique—we can test our ideas just steps away from our offices. This allows us to conceptualize, design, create and then quickly refine prototypes until we achieve a quality design that satisfies client requirements, budget and schedule.  Tektonics.com

Please wear closed toe shoes.

3210 Seminary Avenue – *Members-Only Tour
Thursday, October 19, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
No stiletto heels please!
Street parking is available only  on the even numbered side of Seminary Avenue.

The Gilliam Watt House,  located at 3210 Seminary Ave., is a two and a half story colonial revival house that is constructed of brick and slate.  The house contains numerous architectural details, such as a front porch with ionic columns and 400+ square feet of original mosaic tile.  The house is named for two of its previous owners, Marshall M. Gilliam and Preston B. Watt.  Marshall M. Gilliam was a prominent Richmond attorney who purchased an “Estate Lot” from the  Lewis Ginter Land & Improvement Co. in 1907 and constructed the house in 1908 for his second wife, Emma Gilliam.  In 1923, Preston B. Watt, a former president of the Virginia Trust Company, purchased the house from Mrs. Gilliam’s estate.  Various members of the Watt family lived in the Gilliam Watt House for over fifty years.



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