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Linden Row Inn (Linden Row)
This procession of attached three-story town houses set in small, raised front yards behind granite and cast iron fencing is a highlight of East Franklin Street. Pristine Greek Doric porticoes relieve the somber appearance of the red brick buildings, which appear to glow in the afternoon sun. Mary Wingfield Scott, Richmond's doyenne of historic preservation, saved the houses, and they were given to the Historic Richmond Foundation, which in turn passed them on with covenants. They are now cleverly converted into a small hotel. The triple-tier porches along the rear have been cleverly widened to accommodate service functions but still retain their original flavor. Two houses at the east end of the block were demolished in the 1920s for construction of the Medical Arts Building, which is now being renovated as apartments.
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