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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing wall outlets and other specifications.


Oct. 1st '94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond, Va. Dear Sir, Your's of the 29th Sept. at hand. The height for the wall outlets is a matter for you and Mrs. Allison to decide, and we purposely omitted to fix it because we wished you to arrange it as you might be accustomed to have them or as you considered most convenient. As a rule wall lights in all passages and halls and in First Story generally should be six feet above floor; and in Bed Rooms five feet, six inches above floor. If you think this a good arrangement please so notify the contractor; or, otherwise, mark the height on the studding where you wish any exceptions to this rule. There were two outlets in 3rd Floor Bed Rooms. One on left of door on entering, and one near window beyond and on chimney. These two ought to be sufficient, though more would be better of course. We sent Stowe & Nuckols a certificate for $3000.00 on Saturday. They promised to have the estimates for finish here today, but as usual they have not turned up. As soon as we receive them and can get the whole question in shape we will have Mr. Randall go on and put it before you for final settlement. We have ordered sliding door hangers to be sent the contractors. There will be a slight “extra” on these, as a different variety was specified. Your's truly Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, October 1, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: G.&R. Octr. 1. 1894 — Height of outlets for gas — As a rule, in Passages, halls and on first stroy 6 ft. above floor & in bed rooms 5 ft. 6 inches. Have sent Stowe & Nuckols certificate for $3000.00 S&N estimate for finishes promised for that day (Oct. 1) not received. Ordered sliding door hangers shipped on which there will be a slight extra as a different kind was specified.] [edited by AA]

Personal Name Subject

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

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Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence; Stowe & Nuckols

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Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Architecture -- Details; Architecture, Domestic -- Lighting; Lighting -- Standards; Finishes and finishing; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond

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


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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 October 1, 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 October 1



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