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About this collection

This collection contains data sheets that identify and evaluate over 600 structures located in Richmond’s Jackson Ward and Oregon Hill neighborhoods.  The surveys were compiled by the City of Richmond’s Department of Planning and Community Development in the mid-1970s.  The evaluations were intended to be used in preservation plans and for city planning as a whole.  These data sheets predate the standard survey forms used in Virginia used since the 1980s.

The survey form included a section identifying the building, its basic architecture, and the date of construction.  A separate section was used to evaluate the structure’s architectural significance.  The forms were color-coded: yellow for Jackson Ward, green for Oregon Hill.  Many of them also included one or more photographs of the buildings that were evaluated.  In presenting these, we show the original data sheet with the photograph attached, as well as separate images of the photographs themselves.  Occasionally, there were also separate Assessors Property Cards included, with further details on the buildings, presented here as separate images.

  1. 22 East Clay Street - Photograph
  2. 509 - 511 South Pine Street - Photograph
  3. 310 - 308 - 306 - 304 South Pine Street - Photograph
  4. 426 South Pine Street - Photograph
  5. 100 East Leigh Street - Photograph
  6. 909 Idlewood Ave. - Photograph

The data sheets reflect the bias at the time against vernacular architecture. Often, smaller and more simply designed buildings were considered less important architecturally, and less important to preserve. These views began to change in the 1980s when city planners and architectural historians began to consider vernacular architecture as important as other designed buildings. These changing views led preservation efforts to save entire blocks and not just key buildings.

Materials in this collection are in the public domain, and thus are free of any copyright restriction. We ask that you acknowledge the VCU Libraries if any of the materials are used.  The physical collection is housed at James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives.

 
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