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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing floor joist and noting upcoming visit.


June 22nd '94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va Dear Sir, your's of the 20th and 21st at hand and their contents noted. Floor joist are sawed from logs by saws placed at intervals of two inches, three inches &c. and the joists afterwards shrink more or less according to the amount of seasoning the log has had. The shrinkage should not be over 1/8" in 2", but that much is always found. Consequently no joist less than 1 7/8" should be used. As to the other questions referred to by you, we will have to decide upon them later. Mr. Randall expects to be in Baltimore Monday and perhaps Tuesday and would therefore be in Richmond about Wednesday. We have two firms here figuring on the Dining Rm. finish, and will send a set of the drawings to the Philadelphia firm of Karcher & Rehn Co. who wish to estimate upon the work. The change you wish to have made in the window sills will have no effect upon their figures. Your's truly Griffin & Randall. [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, June 22, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: —G&R— June 22nd. 1894— About shrinking of joist and advising that he will be here about Wednesday next.] [edited by APS]

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 -- Designs and plans; Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Architecture -- Details; Letting of contracts -- Virginia -- Richmond; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Floors; Finishes and finishing

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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 22, 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 22



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