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.
2018 Quoit Club Schedule of Events:
Annual Quoit Club Membership Drive
The HandCraft Building
3300 W. Leigh Street
Thursday, February 15, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Originally the Binswanger Glass Company factory, the building is an example of Modern-style architecture in Richmond. Binswanger & Company was founded in Richmond in 1879 by Samuel J. Binswanger. The company began as a builders’ and painters’ supplier and also carried a large stock of window glass, of which they were the distributors for the largest manufacturer in the world (1893) called Chambers & McKee Glass Company. The factory was later sold to the HandCraft Cleaners and was used as their corporate headquarters and cleaning facility. Between the years 2008-2017 the cleaning facility was moved to South Richmond into a state of the art manufacturing facility. Currently, the building is being converted into a mixed-use structure with a footprint of +/- 90,000 SF including a new mezzanine. The overall design intent was to modernize the infrastructure and access, while maintaining the original design as much as feasible. Building upgrades include: new electrical systems, new plumbing system, new HVAC systems, new windows and doors.New tenants to date include: EvaTran ,The Fahrenheit Group, 510_Architects, Vasen Brewing, Hazen and Sawyer, Stellas Market, Smither & co, and Randstad
Elwood Thompson’s Headquarters (formerly Higgin’s Doctor Office)
3540 Floyd Avenue
Thursday, March 15, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Originally the Higgins Medical Offices, this circular landmark in the museum district is known for its 1950’s midcentury modern architecture. The building was designed by David Yerkes and the landscape was designed by landscape architect, Charles Gillette. This site not only had an impact architecturally, but was one of the first doctors’ offices to open in the west end of Richmond. Many original features remain, including the custom-molded, cross- motif concrete block exterior and custom-built furniture hand-crafted by the original owner. The space is now home to Elwood Thompson’s headquarters and has been renovated to include multipurpose spaces for cooking classes and other activities.
Mobelux (formerly Saunders Station Post Office)
1635 W. Broad Street
Thursday, April 19, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Originally the Saunders Station post office, this building was built in 1937 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration (WPA). Today, Mobleux a software development company, is headquartered in the building with modern meeting spaces, offices, and a theater. In the lobby, original PO boxes still remain and a high resolution photograph of a Federal Art Project mural originally created for the space (that was never completed or hung) by Virginia Artist Julien Binford, now hangs. There are many original architectural elements blended seamlessly throughout the building with new contemporary details that preserve the historic charm for a modern business.
Tuckahoe Plantation * Members-Only Tour
12601 River Road
Thursday, May 24, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuckahoe Plantation is a National Historic Landmark and considered to be one of the finest early 18
th century plantation homes in America. The unique H-frame construction house, with it’s elaborate cornices, alcoves, staircases and domed ceilings was the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. The one room school house that still stands on site today is the place that Jefferson was first educated. The grounds contain many historic gardens and there are records of the Boxwood maze that was more than 100 years old (until its destruction in the 1970’s) and a feature of the 1929 historic Garden Week. Although the property and outbuildings are operated as a public site, the house is used as a private residence.
**NOTE CHANGE** Church Hill Walking Tour *Members-Only Tour
Thursday, June 21, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
This Walking Tour is for Quoit Club Members Only
Tour lead by guides from The Richmond Tour Guys
We will meet at St. John’s Mews at Historic Richmond’s Pilot block. Experience the birthplace of a city while meandering through 240 years of architecture in Richmond’s oldest residential neighborhood. Every house and street has a unique, entertaining, and thought-provoking story that weaves in with the whole of Richmond, both past and present.
Historic Richmond’s Pilot Block, Shockoe Bottom Overlook, Elmira Shelton’s House, Richmond Hill, Richmond’s oldest row houses, the story of Richmond’s most famous Union Spies, Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Elizabeth Bowser, and more!
Richmond Railway Museum (formerly Southern Railway Station)
102 Hull Street
Thursday, July 19, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Hull Street Station was built in 1915 and operated until 1957 when Southern Railway donated the building to the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1982 and the Richmond Railroad Museum was established. A Railway Express car was moved to the property 1987 and was used as “the museum” until the Chapter was able to fund the station building rehabilitation. The Old Dominion Chapter contracted major building renovations in 2009 and reopened the Museum in the station building in November 2011.
American Civil War Museum: White House of the Confederacy
1201 E. Clay Street
Thursday, August 16, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Built in 1818 as the John Brockenbrough Mansion, the house is commemorating its 200th anniversary this year and is one of the finer examples of Federal architecture in Richmond. Over the years, it has served many roles, most famously that of Executive Mansion of Jefferson Davis and his family from 1861-1865. While those four years cemented the house’s importance in history, it also was a private residence (1818-1861), a headquarters of U.S. occupying forces during Reconstruction (1865-1870), the Richmond Central School (1871-1894), home to The Confederate Museum (1896-1976), and the fully restored White House of the Confederacy (1988-present). It was one of the first places designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Ellen Glasgow House *Members-Only Tour
1 W. Main Street
Thursday, September 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Originally built for Richmond tobacco merchant David Branch in 1841, the Ellen Glasgow House takes its name from the author Ellen Glasgow, whose family bought the house in 1887. Glasgow, who lived in the house until her death in 1945, was a well-known Southern novelist and one of few Richmond women to achieve prominence in literature. In 1938, she was the sixth woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1942, she received the Pulitzer Prize. The house, whose style is a transition between Federal and Greek Revival, has a simple Doric front portico. A hip roof, four chimneys, and granite steps leading to the front portico are other features of the exterior. As was typical in Richmond, a multi-story rear porch (some of which has been enclosed) overlooks a garden. The two-story house is brick covered in stucco scored to look like cut stone, a somewhat common treatment for more refined brick buildings of this era. The elegant Greek Revival interior is marked by elaborate decorative ceiling elements and black marble fireplace trim. A carriage house is at the rear of the property. In 1945 following Ms. Glasgow’s death, her brother Archer donated the house to the Virginia Historical Society. In 1947, The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now called Preservation Virginia) purchased it. The house is now a private residence and law office owned and operated by a former Historic Richmond Foundation Board President.
Beverage Sponsor: Väsen Brewing Company
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
1914 E. Main Street
Thursday, October 18, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Known as the Old Stone House, this building is the oldest original building in Richmond. The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, now Preservation Virginia, saved the building from destruction in 1913 and loaned it to the Poe Foundation for use as a Poe Museum which opened in 1922. Beginning in 1927, the surrounding buildings were removed or cut back to reveal three sides of the house. A 1970 restoration removed later additions like mantels and wood paneling and replaced the deteriorating floorboards in the west room. In 2012, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now called Preservation Virginia) formally donated the Old Stone House to the Poe Museum. Other features of the site include a garden and shrine to Poe.
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