Built in two phases between 1945 and 1947, Wicker Apartments—known at the time of its listing as Bellevue Apartments—is a well-preserved example in Richmond of a mid-20th-century garden apartment complex. Richmond architect W. Harrison Pringle designed the complex, and Earl H. Wicker, a prolific local contractor and developer whose career spanned more than 50 years, owned and built it under Federal Housing Administration guidelines. Only one of three World War II-era garden apartment complexes remaining in Richmond that FHA funded, it exemplifies the middle-class urban apartment type that FHA encouraged from the 1930s into the immediate post-World War II years to alleviate the nation’s chronic housing shortage. The complex embodies the essential principles the FHA espoused, as characterized by tasteful landscaping and open park-like settings, brick construction, generous interior light and ventilation, and low-rise, harmonious buildings without lobbies or elevators.
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