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McAdams House

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1891, Albert L. West. 914 W. Franklin St.

Albert L. West, one of the most prolific turn-ofthe-twentieth-century architects in Richmond, designed these neighboring houses. At 912, a large, gabled bay dominates a rock-faced granite facade. Undercutting the symmetry of the gable are the offset entrance and the curving stair. Next door, at 914, the design is more complex, enlivened with belt courses, granite lintels and parapets, and brick planes set back from the street. Both houses were typical West Franklin Street commissions from newly successful businessmen of the period: Stagg rose from a simple carpenter to become a manufacturer, while McAdams was one of the principals of a premier Richmond clothier.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "McAdams 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, 247-248.

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