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Sophisticates and Wild Men: Richmond’s Architects at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Sophisticates and Wild Men: Richmond’s Architects at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, a class at the Virginia Historical Society, will be held on November 15 and 29, and December 6, 2012 from 5:30–7PM.

Richmond’s architectural profession had two distinct faces at the turn of the last century. One group was sophisticated and urbane. They produced handsome and academically informed designs. A second group retained a sense of Victorian and Edwardian exuberance and originality. The interplay between these two approaches created an exciting mix of styles and buildings. Most of the works of these men survive.

While politically and socially Richmond became increasingly conservative, this conservatism was not reflected in the bold and impressive architecture of the period. These lectures will discuss well-known architects, Noland & Baskervill, Duncan Lee, and William Bottomley, who represented the sophisticated approach to design. D. Wiley Anderson, Albert Huntt, Bascomb Rowlett, Otis Asbury, Carl Lindner, Karl Ruehrmund, and his son, Max, represent the more imaginative and non-conventional approaches to architecture.

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