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Elks Club (R. W. Taylor House)

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R. W. Taylor House
1904, John Anderson Lankford. 526 N. 2nd St.

This twenty-six-room Queen Anne mansion was the residence of Reverend R. W. Taylor, president of a Richmond-based African American fraternal organization, the Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers. Taylor and his organization proved to be major patrons of Lankford, a Washington, D.C.–based African American architect who published a book of his designs in 1916. Much of the decorative detail has been lost from this structure, but Lankford's boldly modeled forms, including a dominant tower and projecting bay window, remain.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Elks Club (R. W. Taylor House)", [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, 232-233.

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