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127-0319 St. Sophia Home of The Little Sisters of The Poor (The Warsaw)

St. Sophia Home of The Little Sisters of The Poor (The Warsaw)
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VLR Listing Date 02/19/1980

NRHP Listing Date 05/07/1980

NPS property number 80004217

The former charitable hospital of the Little Sisters of the Poor is a massive and rare example for Richmond of late Victorian institutional architecture. The building is believed to incorporate the walls of Warsaw, a brick farmhouse built in 1832 as the residence of William Anderson, on whose farm a large part of the surrounding neighborhood, the present Fan District, was built. Warsaw was acquired by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns, in 1877. Over the next two decades, it was transformed into a hugh Second Empire-style building, a conspicuous symbol of ministry to the indigent in an otherwise tidy middle-class neighborhood. The nuns relocated in the late 1970s, and the complex was sold and remodeled into luxury condominiums known as The Warsaw.


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

Updated April 4, 2018