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Beautiful Southern Homes: Historic Monument Avenue (Richmond, VA)

l80e00d44-m0o-big-222Richmond, VA – Stretching between Birch Street and Roseneath Avenue, near the Museum District, historic Monument Avenue was named one of the 10 Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association and is considered, by many, to be one of the finest examples of Grand American Avenues in the nation.

“Few streets in the United States can match the splendor imparted by Monument Avenue, and its surroundings in Richmond, Virginia,” American Planning Association.

At the heart of Monument Avenue is the 1890 memorial statue dedicated to legendary General Robert E. Lee.  Just a block west, at 1837 Monument Avenue, you will find this grand brick manor designed by noted Virginia architect D. Wiley Anderson.  Built in 1908, for the Thomas Tunsdall Adams family, this home is a prime example of the changing architectural tastes of the time.  While the home’s oversized dormer windows, symmetrical massing, and dentils create a decidedly classical Colonial Revival appearance, the careful symmetry, grand porch and fluted columns pay homage to the Victorian style in which Anderson was trained.


Thomas Tunsdall Adams built his fortune in tobacco in Greenville, Tennessee and hardwood lumber in Richmond, Virginia.  Evidence of his lumber business can be found throughout the home in the abundant use of quality quartersawn oak.


The home features multiple ornately carved fireplace mantels with marble inset.


Fluted Corinthian columns flank the turned staircase that leads to the second and third floors.


Having restored five previous homes in Manhattan, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey, the home owner is no stranger to renovation.  When a job offer brought her to Richmond she needed a home that could also serve the needs of her parents.  This 5,855 square foot, three story manor fit the bill.  A brand new four-stop elevator was installed to allow her parents easy access to their third floor suite.


 Pocket doors lead into the living room


Even though the home was modernized during renovations, the project used Historic Preservation Tax Incentives which assured that the work was done to specific historic standards.


The living room features a marble fireplace, plaster moldings, two chandeliers and pocket doors.


The dining room is large enough to fit a banquet table.  During the renovations a safe was discovered behind the oak paneled walls.


 A closer look at the dinning room’s paneled walls.


The home features many of its original stained glass windows.


The marble tile master bathroom features an antique Italian sideboard that was converted into a double sink vanity.  Although the bathroom was updated with such luxuries as a jetted tub with marble surround, heated floors and a marble steam shower, it still maintains its historic feel.


During the renovations the home, which had previously been turned into apartments, was restored to a single family home.  If the seven bedrooms the home offers is a bit much for your family, consider turning them into an office, art studio, craft room or even an upstairs kitchen.



Address: 1837 Monument Avenue Richmond, VA 23220

Price: $1,499,000

Beds: 7 Bed

Baths: 8 Bath

House Size: 5,855 Sq Ft

Lot Size: 8,712 Sq Ft Lot

Year Built: 1908

MLS ID: 1303676

Listing Agent: Ceci Amrhein and Bill Gallasch * (855) 421-1646 *

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  1. Barb says:

    Stunning home!! Thank you! I just love old homes!

  2. Susan says:

    I just love all of the beautiful homes you feature!

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  4. Christy says:

    I LOVE this house!

  5. Colleen says:

    Great Article!