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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison discussing drawings for the house interior.


June 14th '94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond Va. Dear Sir, I postponed sending you my check for $15.00 which you so kindly lent me, so that I might be able to write you about the drawings which I now send. They cover nearly the entire question of the “trim” for the interior of the house and will also give you a better idea of the general effect of the rooms themselves. As we have abundance of time before us to consider this subject, I wish you and Mr. Addison would not hesitate to suggest any changes that you deem advisable in this part of the finish. The Dining Rm. finish is, as you know, not provided for in the contract for the house and a small part of the Library finish will come under the same head viz: mantel and panelling in connection with it. I have also enclosed the original drawing (on brown paper) for the Library finish, including the bookcases and additional panelling as I understood it was an open question still as to the amount of finish you would have put in there. You can get estimates on either of these and on the Dining Rm. finish separately. I understand that the contractors figured on these drawings for the remaining finish. I am also getting estimates here in New York for the decorative part of their work as well as for the Dining Room. When I next come on we can locate the position of all heating ducts and registers. I presume by that time you will have settled upon your heating contractors. They could of course locate the same with the mason and to your satisfaction without waiting for me, in case it is found necessary to come to a decision before my next visit. We located the flues and ducts on my previous visit but changes in that arrangement may in the meantime have been found necessary. As the chimneys are so large up to the second stories, we can easily afford to build flues or else have niches for the heating ducts wherever desired instead of carrying them up in the partitions or furring. With warmest regards to Mrs. Allison, Believe me very truly your's, T. Henry Randall [ALS, T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, June 14, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: G&R June 14. 1894 Accompanying drawings for interior finish and explaining same.] [edited by TMH]

Personal Name Subject

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

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Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans; Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Architecture -- Details; Letting of contracts -- Virginia -- Richmond; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Heating -- Equipment and supplies; Finishes and finishing

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


Richmond (Va)


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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 T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 June 14, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Letter from T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 June 14



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