Jerman Residence

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Richmond’s Jerman Residence, a Georgian Revival-style brick house, occupies an important place in the history of Colonial Revival architecture in Virginia. Designed in 1935 by William Lawrence Bottomley and completed in 1936 by the firm of Claiborne & Taylor, the house is an appealing creation of the legendary partnership of architect and builder Herbert Augustine Claiborne that produced some of the finest houses in Virginia in the 20th-century interwar period. The Jerman Residence represents the effective coda of that celebrated Bottomley-Claiborne collaboration and is the last-built of a series of distinguished houses in Richmond and Henrico County designed by Bottomley between 1915 and 1935. It is also among Bottomley’s last fully-realized domestic designs in Virginia, where he enjoyed the patronage of discerning clients from 1915 to 1947 and produced for them the largest body of work in his career outside of New York. Reflecting his particular assimilation of tradition and precedent with a genius for scale and detail, the Jerman Residence is a notable example of Bottomley’s own signature style and a house with a distinct personality that met the needs of his clients, William Borden Jerman, an executive with the Virginia Trust Company, and his wife, Mary Aglionby Johnson Jerman.

Last Updated: March 1, 2024

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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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