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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison regarding estimates for blinds in the dining room and library.


Jan. 9th '95. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va. Dear Sir, We have written to Stowe & Nuckols for an estimate on the blinds &c. for Dining Rm. and for Library, as it would be advisable to have Purdy do the former, and the latter also in case the contract for the remaining finish is given to him. It is quite likely that he would do this work for less than Stowe & Nuckols, and you would have a more satisfactory result. The Library blinds would be oak like the remaining finish and not black walnut as specified. We are getting estimates from Purdy for this work and will forward the result to you. We hope the heating apparatus has been put to use. That kind of heat is of far more value to a house than any amount to natural drying. Your's truly, Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, January 9, 1895, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects [48 Exchange Place canceled; next two words stamped] 52 Broadway New York. Envelope docketed: [image unavailable] G.& R. Jan. 9. 1895 Getting estimates from S.& N. & Purdy on blinds for Dining room & Library. Library blinds would be oak like trim and not blk walnut as specified.] [edited by AA]

Personal Name Subject

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

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Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence; Stowe & Nuckols; E.H. Purdy M.F.G. Co.

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

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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, 1895 January 9, 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, 1895 January 9



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