John G. Zehmer


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Richmond (Va.). Dept. of Planning and Community Development

Date of Photograph

ca. 1978

Additional Addresses

300 West Leigh Street; 302 West Leigh Street

Original Description (transcribed from book)

This double house was built by John Adams, a free black plasterer in the years immediately preceding in the Civil War. Adams was the most prominent member of this black community and managed to amass a considerable fortune. The houses are transitional between the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. 300 has been stripped of its porch and window sash, but 302 is well-preserved.

Original Note (transcribed from book)

The 300 Block of West Leigh Street - The north side of the street has survived as residences, while the southern side has disappeared completely. This was the boundary of the original Jackson Ward and has been a center of the black community for well over a century.

Area of Jackson Ward Block

300 Block West Leigh Street

Area of Jackson Ward Full Street

West Leigh Street

Area of Jackson Ward Main Street

Leigh Street

Section of Jackson Ward TOC

Leigh Street

Type of Building

double houses

Architectural Style

Greek Revival; Italianate (North American architecture styles)

Architectural Features

porches; sashes (window components)


John Adams


Historic buildings -- Virginia -- Richmond -- Pictorial works; Architecture -- Virginia -- Richmond -- Pictorial works; Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond -- Pictorial works; Richmond (Va.) -- History -- Pictorial works; Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works; Jackson Ward Historic District (Richmond, Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works


Richmond (Va.)

Original Image Medium

Black and white photograph

Original Image Size

11.2 x 16.2 cm.


black-and-white photographs

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Still Image

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Original Publication

Zehmer, John G., and Robert P. Winthrop. 1978. The Jackson Ward historic district. Richmond: Dept. of Planning and Community Development.


This material is in the public domain in the United States and thus is free of any copyright restriction. Acknowledgement of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


Jackson Ward Historic District


300 - 302 West Leigh Street, Jackson Ward Historic District Collection, Accession #M 371, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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