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2700 Block of East Grace Street

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This block represents the greatest architectural diversity to be found on Church Hill. The houses on the north (even-numbered) side are, with two exceptions, from c. 1900. The oddlooking number 2706 (1859) was originally five bays, but a central stair tower was added to the front (c. 1970) to facilitate conversion into a duplex. Cast iron is used for the front window cornices. The house at 2702 (1920) is is a threebay house with an intact surviving porch. On the south side of the street is a similar mix of mid- and late-nineteenth-century houses. The frame house at number 2703 (1840) is an unusual survivor for Church Hill; frame houses are more typically found in the Jackson Ward and Oregon Hill areas of Richmond. The house has a full-width front porch and Greek Revival details. In 1852 a wing was added to the east side by the owner, Elmira Shelton. The White-Taylor House, number 2717 (1839, 1878–1882), is frequently pictured in books on Richmond and on historic preservation. It began as a two-and-one-half-story brick town house. Then in the late 1870s a new owner added a full third floor and installed decorative window heads. The first-floor windows were lengthened, and an elaborate cast iron porch was installed on the 28th Street side.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "2700 Block of East Grace Street", [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, 202-202.

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