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Virginia School of the Arts (Garland-Rodes School)

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Garland-Rodes School
1921, Stanhope S. Johnson. 2240 Rivermont Ave.
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)

Beautifully sited on one of Rivermont Avenue's generous curves, and consequently visible for several blocks in either direction, this former elementary school, faced in yellow brick with stone trim, achieves a Beaux-Arts monumentality not always associated with this building type. Strong massing, three-quarter Corinthian columns, and a multistaired approach to the (seldom-used) main entrance contribute to the effect. For a time it housed the now-closed school for the performing arts.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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