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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing hinges for blinds and other dining room and library estimates.


Jan. 19th '95. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Dear Sir, We recived a telegram from Stowe & Nuckols asking us to send on hardware ("L" hinges) for outside blinds on your Extension. We find them in the Specifications; but when we looked over Newman's list of hardware and his estimate of April 5th '94., they had been purposely struck off by Mr. Griffin, and are therefore unprovided for in the contract. The "L" hinge is not used much south of New York, and while it is the strongest made, it is not so necessary in the city as it is in the country. Consequently we wrote Stowe & Nuckols to put up the outside blinds with ordinary hinges. The cost of these is very small. If, however, you prefer to have the "L" hinge as called for, we will order them here and have them sent on. The only reply that we have yet had from S.&N. to our request for an estimate of cost of shutters, panelled pockets, window "heads", set and finished, hardware put in place &c. in Dining Rm. & Library, and an estimate on Library finish, is their letter of [yesterday canceled; next two words interlined] Jan. 15th which gives an estimate of $72.00 for the Dining Rm. blinds &c. but nothing else. We have written to get the other estimates and hope to be able to put this last question before you for final settlement. This estimate, however, we are convinced is much too low, and have written them to that effect. The patent blinds alone would be worth more than this amount, and we presume that you intend to use no other. "Morslatts Patent" is the best, and has been provided for by Purdy in his estimate. We have also requested S.& N. to send with their estimate for revised scheme of Library finish their original figure for the trim, [shutters canceled] blinds &c. in this room, set and finished, which would be deducted, [from canceled; next word interlined] like the $300.00 for the Dining Rm. finish, from their contract. Your's truly, Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, on letterhead: Griffin and Randall Architects [48 Exchange Place cancelled; next two words stamped] 52 Broadway New York. Envelope docketed [image unavailable]: G & R. Jany 19. 1895.— Hinges L for outside blind extension have been struck off Newman's List by Mr. Griffin. They are not used much south of N.Y. Advise to put up blind with ordinary hinges. About Stowe & N's estimates for blinds, panelled pockets and window head in Dining Room & Library and estimate on Library finish] [edited by AGH and MMB]

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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; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Hardware; Hinges; Blinds; Finishes and finishing

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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 19, 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 19



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