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A history of the Ginter House


Via Shockoe Examiner, a history of the Ginter House:

Ginter House is one of Richmond’s most architecturally significant structures and is considered the finest example of Richardsonian architecture in Virginia. It briefly served as Richmond’s first public library (1925-1930) and has been the main administrative building on the Monroe Park campus of VCU for over 40 years.

Located at the corner of Shafer and W. Franklin Streets, Ginter House was built 1888-1892 for cigarette magnate and philanthropist Major Lewis Ginter (1824-1897). Ginter’s impact on Richmond included development of the city’s north side, including the Ginter Park neighborhood, and commissioning the Jefferson Hotel (1893-1895), still one of the most elegant hotels in the nation.

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