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William Byrd Community House (Grace Arents Free Library)
Built by Grace Arents as a library for the community, this is now also a community center for inner-city Richmond. Instead of simply following the cue of the St. Andrew's complex across the street, the building is an important essay in Collegiate Gothic, which was gaining popularity at educational institutions in the North. The basic block of the building is simple, with large, clustered windows. The major element is the entrance, distinguished by its stylized Gothic ornament. Some of the curves in the carving are reminiscent of those found in Art Nouveau design. In 1947 a portion of the building was converted into a community house; a library for children is maintained in one wing. The brick structure next door, at 223 South Cherry (1903, Noland and Baskervill), is the former house for the teachers and administrators at St. Andrew's School.
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