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Morson's Row

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1853, Alfred Lybrock. 219–223 Governor St.

These stepped and bow-fronted buildings, the last of a number of fashionable residences that once adjoined Capitol Square, compose one of the outstanding groups of Italianate town houses in the city. They are stuccoed brick with door surrounds and window hoods of cast iron. The removal of ornate cast iron fencing and rails and the obliteration of much of the stucco scoring have somewhat diminished the impact of German emigré Alfred Lybrock's design. Lybrock studied architecture in Karlsruhe before coming to New York after the revolutions of 1848. He arrived in Richmond in 1852, and this is one of his earliest designs.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Morson's Row", [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, 178-179.

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