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Donnan Block

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1866, attributed to George H. Johnson. 1207–1213 E. Main St.
  • Donnan Block (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • Donnan Block (Michelle Krone)

Although down at the heels, this is one of downtown Richmond's special architectural treasures. The block contains three attached four-story buildings with exuberantly decorated Italianate iron-front facades. The facing was probably cast in Baltimore by Bartlett Hayward, and Company. This is one of Richmond's earliest examples of prefabricated building construction. The dramatic street front is a tour de force of twelve Venetian-style window bays, each defined by engaged Corinthian columns. Engaged balustrades separate the third and fourth floors. The shopfronts at street level have been largely defaced.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Donnan Block", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 211-211.

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