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Mutual Building

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1904, 1912, Clinton and Russell. 909 E. Main St.

Clinton and Russell were the favorite high-rise architects for Richmond's banking and real estate community from 1904 to the 1920s. This especially fine example of their work has a sophisticated composition that allows for multiple levels. A two-story Roman Doric base supports an intermediate story or attic, which in turn carries a five-story shaft, and then another single-story attic. Clinton and Russell returned a few years later to top off the composition with a three-story capital composed of united windows. The building is U-shaped with a narrow courtyard facing 9th Street to provide air and light as well as a secondary entrance. The building is surrounded by a cast iron fence, unique in the financial district.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Mutual Building", [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, 215-215.

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