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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing rear and front doors.


July 23rd '94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va. Dear Sir, Your's of the 21st at hand. We can arrange matters in one of two ways that will enable the use of the sill to Rear Door. One would be by changing the brick wall against shaft of lift to 9" instead of 13", therefore gaining 4 1/2" in that space below and above the Stair Landing, which would be well worth saving. The other way would be by placing the door frame further out so as to cover the stone, keeping the rise as it is at present. The first idea seems to be the more natural, as 13" of brick work is unnecessary for one side of the shaft; in fact, if the brick were entirely removed and the shaft carried on heavy wood framing, it would be stiffer and better apart entirely from any other consideration. If you are satisfied to do this the additional space will be thrown in to the Hall. There is no objection to the contractors putting in Rail Rd. iron above the arch to Front Door, but at the same time it is unnecessary, as there is very little weight on it. Furthermore it should be made sufficient strong to do away with any such a precaution. The same should apply to arches over large windows and in fact to all the window openings generally. Your's truly Griffin & Randall. [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, July 23, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York] [edited by WDC]

Personal Name Subject

Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence

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Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Doors; Arches

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


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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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 July 23, 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 July 23



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