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Neighborhood Profile: Gilpin Court

Perhaps no other neighborhood in Richmond has been the object of as much stigmatization as Gilpin Court. Topography, racial dynamics, contemporary infrastructure, and public housing developments have all played a role in isolating this valuable piece of the city. Though these issues continue to obscure the history and culture which remain there, the resurgence of …

Interview: Walter Parks

This winter, Don O’Keefe and Mario Accordino interviewed architect Walter Parks at his office in Jackson Ward. Since founding his studio in 1993, Parks has worked on projects ranging from single family homes to large, mixed-use structures. He is most well known for the many urban multi-family housing buildings which his firm has designed across …

Sister City Profile: Windhoek, Namibia

As part of a continuing series, ArchitectureRichmond will document the cities that comprise our five active Sister City partnerships, in order to learn more about similar urban environments throughout the world as a point of reference for our own development. With a population of approximately 330,000, Windhoek is the geographic, political, economic and cultural center of …

In Support of Pear Street

  A controversial new development has been proposed in the East End. The development, commonly known as Pear Street, is sited in Shockoe Bottom at the eastern terminus of Tobacco Row, a street of large tobacco warehouses which has been converted into a mixed use neighborhood. The site is currently zoned for industrial use so …

Sister Cities profile: Saitama

Saitama is a city of roughly 1.2 million inhabitants located in the Kanto region of Japan, near the eastern coast of the country’s main island. While some form of the name Saitama can be traced back more than 1,200 years, the modern city was established in 2001 as part of political reconsolidation of several existing …

Architects of Richmond: Max Ernst Ruehrmund

Article and photographs by Robert P. Winthrop. As part of a continuing series we are featuring an essay from a guest writer, Robert Winthrop. Winthrop is partner at Winthrop, Jenkins, and Associates, a Virginia based architecture firm specializing in historic renovation. Historic buildings have also been his focus in numerous writings and lectures. As author …

Retail Has Come to South Addison

Addison Street has been a main north-south retail corridor of the Fan District for decades, even before its northern portion was renamed “Strawberry Street” in 1978. What is now Strawberry Street has long benefited from a posh clientele while its southern half has been ignored, especially since the Downtown Expressway separated it from Byrd Park …