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The Warsaw (Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor)

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Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor
1845. 1877, expanded. 1982, rehabilitation, SWA Architects. Harvie St. between Main St. and Floyd Ave.

This began as an antebellum country house situated on the highest piece of ground in the Fan—indicated today by its high retaining walls. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond acquired the residence after the Civil War and enlarged it, creating the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The main building of this complex is a massive Second Empire structure composed of three blocks and two connectors that face Harvie Street. After the church closed the convent, the structure was renovated as a condominium complex. The condominium successfully preserves one of the most important Victorian institutional buildings in Richmond and its setting.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "The Warsaw (Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor)", [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, 253-253.

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