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Tuscan Villas

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c. 1928. 500–513 N. Boulevard

The villas are one of the first and finest garden apartment enclaves in Richmond. Constructed of brick with stucco covering, they are crisply detailed in a Mediterranean Revival idiom, adorned with bas-relief panels, copper, iron balconies and grilles, and covered with tile roofs. The buildings lately have been converted to condominiums, and the condominium associations restored the original color scheme. The complex consists of five buildings. On the north and south ends, respectively, are the Pisa and the Lucca, and in the center, from north to south, three U-shaped courtyard buildings: the Florence, the Leghorn, and the Sienna. Twostory arcaded porches topped by towers provide an important visual terminus to each courtyard. The service entrances to the apartments are in the narrow passages between the buildings, screened by connecting walls.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.



  • 1927


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Tuscan Villas", [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, 264-264.

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