Pace-King House

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Amid a cluster of old buildings in the heart of Shockoe Valley, the Pace-King House is one of the city of Richmond’s last grand mansions erected before the Civil War. Its generous scale and rich detailing represent a final expression of architectural fashion before the dissolution of the Old South. The Italianate-style house and its kitchen outbuilding were completed in 1860 for Charles Hill, an auctioneer and local politician. Its cast-iron veranda is an outstanding example of the ironworker’s art. From 1865 to 1881 the house was owned by tobacconist and later bank president James B. Pace. A later owner was businesswoman Jane King, who operated an ice company here. The house was rescued from dereliction in 1976 by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now Preservation Virginia). The Pace-King House was later sold and handsomely restored as offices for Scope Mechanical Contractors.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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