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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison discussing details of the hearth facings.


James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Dear Sir, Replying to your favor of the 7th in regard to using Tiles instead of Brick for facings and hearths in your Library and Bed Rms. we should say that any good mason should have no more difficulty laying the former than the latter— in fact they are more easily layed. There should be no rim around opening as it would be useless and furthermore detracts from the effect of the tiles. We do not think the amount of "extra" cost could be more than we wrote you. The question of iron rail on front porch we can discuss when Mr. Randall sees you in Richmond Monday next. We hope the heating apparatus is finally finished and working. No finish should be put in the house without being certain of its condition. Your's truly, T. Henry Randall. [ALS, T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, March 14, 1895, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects [48 Exchange Place canceled] New York] [edited by TOC]

Personal Name Subject

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

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architectural ironwork -- Virginia -- Richmond; Hearths; Tiles; Brickwork; Heating -- Equipment and supplies "

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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 T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 March 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, 1895 March 14



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