John G. Zehmer


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

Date of Photograph

ca. 1978

Additional Addresses

601 1/2 North First Street; 603 North First Street; 605 North First Street; 607 North First Street; 609 North First Street; 611 North First Street; 613 North First Street; 615 North First Street; 617 North First Street

Original Description (transcribed from book)

This is the longest row of united houses in Jackson Ward. It was built in part of Jackson's garden. The cornices and jigsaw porches are all united. Only one unit has had a porch of 1920 vintage substituted for the original. The segmental brick arched windows have slightly projected brick trim. Most of the wood picket fences are in place although not all are well-maintained. The color schemes of all the houses are typical of the eighties.

Original Note (transcribed from book)

600 Block of North First Street - This is one of the most consistent blocks in Jackson Ward. Built in the last decades of the nineteenth century, this block contains smaller homes than on Leigh or Clay Streets. These are more easily used by modern families than the larger houses on other blocks.

Area of Jackson Ward Block

600 Block North First Street

Area of Jackson Ward Full Street

North First Street

Area of Jackson Ward Main Street

First Street

Section of Jackson Ward TOC

The Numbered Cross Streets

Type of Building

row houses; single-family dwellings

Architectural Style

Italianate (North American architecture styles)

Architectural Features

cornices; porches; picket fences; window heads; woodwork


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

12.1 x 16.7 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


601 1/2 to 617 North First Street, Jackson Ward Historic District Collection, Accession #M 371, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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