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Grace Arents Housing

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1904. 912–924 Cumberland St. and 200–202 S. Linden St.
  • Grace Arents Housing (Pierre Courtois)

Constructed under the direction of Grace Arents to provide affordable housing, this is probably one of the earliest examples of subsidized housing in Virginia. The brick double houses with turned porch details, reminiscent of houses of the same period in the Fan District, replaced older wooden houses that were in poor shape. Many of the Grace Arents houses were demolished for the construction of the Downtown Expressway, and only nine still survive. Unfortunately, the future of the buildings is uncertain.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Grace Arents Housing", [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, 240-241.

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