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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison advising rubbed finish on marble caps.


June 7th '94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond Va. Dear Sir, Your's of the 2nd at hand and its contents noted. Probably the white Balto. marble had better be rubbed as you suggest although it is usual to see it finished in the other way. The smooth finish is no doubt the older method. The lugs are a necessity always to make a good looking piece of masonry. We shall write to the contractors about these two matters. Mr. Randall can go to Richmond on Tuesday of next week from Baltimore, if you will send work to him in care of our superintendent. B.B. Owens. 323 N. Charles St. Your's Truly Griffin & Randall (over) June 11/94 Will be pleased to see you to-morrow Bricks ready [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, June 7, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed in different hand: –Griffin & Randall— June 7, 1894 Advising marble caps and sill be finished ‘rubbed’ [word illegible] ‘10 cut’ Can come to Richmond on Tuesday Balto. address Care B.B. Owens 323 N. Charles St.] [edited by TMH]

Personal Name Subject

Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence; Randall, T. Henry, 1869-1905 -- Travel -- Virginia -- Richmond

Corporate Name Subject

Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Architecture -- Details; Marble

Geographic Subject

Richmond (Va.) -- Historic houses, etc.; Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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text; archives


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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.


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Original letter: Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 June 7, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 June 7



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