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127-0607 Chesterman Place

Chesterman Place
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VLR Listing Date 07/21/1987

NRHP Reference Number 87001857

This weighty urban mansion, built 1876-79 with boldly carved brownstone details, is among Richmond’s most extravagant expressions of the High Victorian Italianate. The Franklin Street landmark was designed by a yet-unidentified architect for James B. Pace, a tobacconist and banker whose fortune was one of the largest in the South. The pair of three-part bays is the dominant element of the design. The richly carved staircase is a testament to the skill of Richmond woodworker, B. B. Van Buren. In 1908, a local contractor, Wirt S. Chesterman, from whom the building takes its present name, purchased the property and converted it into a luxury apartment house, adding a large wing onto the rear designed by Aubrey Chesterman. The building was rehabilitated in the 1980s.
[VLR Listed Only; Federal Determination of Eligibility: 10/27/1987]

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

Updated February 6, 2019