Construction is underway on the O Street townhouses, a project that reflects our most sincere interests in the studio. Encompassing an entire block of O Street between 25th and 26th Streets, these townhouses were originally built in 1874. In many ways they are a simulacrum of Richmond’s cultural history: the original developer was James Netherwood, whose quarry supplied the stone for Old City Hall, the Mann Netherwood block in historic Church Hill, and many of the statuary pedestals found throughout Richmond. Many of the homes housed his workers, including carvers, brick masons, engineers, lithographers, painters and a book binder, to name a few. Over the years, the 650 square foot houses have fallen into blight, but remain among the few brick structures in North Church Hill.
In restoring the block, our primary focus is bringing the streetscape back to life, a vital part of Church Hill’s close knit community. Restoring the original front porches, gas lamps and historic details, the sidewalk will once again be an activated public space for the community. Behind the original facade, a third story and rear addition will triple the size of the original houses, allowing modern conveniences, and more playful spaces for the future residents, such as roof terraces.
Ultimately, we hope these townhouses succeed at enhancing and bringing a small part of this historic neighborhood back to life.