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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing finishes in the library.


February 28th '95. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va. Dear Sir, Your's of the 27th received. We much prefer quartered oak throughout in your Library. The straight oak was suggested at first to Stowe & Nuckols when the old scheme was being considered in order to make the extra cost as low as possible. When the present scheme was being considered, we told them to bid upon quartered oak entirely; and only suggested using straight oak in styles & rails because we understood from them that you so preferred it. The straight grain is more effective but at the same time the other will make a more uniform job. Newman will supply the screw sash-fast at the same figure. The "Bower Barff" finish we intend to take out everywhere and substitute brass, except in case of knobs and hinges. We should like to hear from you as soon as possible about using tiles in Library & Bed Room. See letter of the 16th inst. Your's truly, Griffin & Randall. [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, February 28, 1895 on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects [48 Exchange Place canceled] New York. Envelope docketed: [image unavailable] –G.&R Feby 28. 1895. – Prefer all quartered oak in Library finish. Newman will finish Screw sash fasts without extra charge Will substitute brass for Bower Barff finish except in case of knobs and hinges. Answered March 2/95] [edited by CEC]

Personal Name Subject

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

Corporate Name Subject

Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

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Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Woodwork; Hardware; Finishes and finishing; Tiles

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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, 1895 February 28, 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 February 28



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