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Richmond Alms House

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1860, Washington Gill. 1984–1985, renovation. 210 Hospital St.

Built on the site of the city's first almshouse (1804), this newer building is an interesting transitional structure. The brick Greek Revival facade shows the change from the more modest public buildings of the early nineteenth century to the larger Victorian institutional buildings of midcentury. The pedimented center section and wings are massive and in their form look forward to modern apartment blocks. After the the building ceased to be used for institutional purposes, it was renovated for elderly housing.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Richmond Alms 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, 237-237.

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