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Modern Richmond // 10.16.2019 // Bellevue Square

  • 2120 East Broad Street Richmond, VA, 23223 United States (map)

Ticket sales start 10AM, Tuesday October 1st

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Note: Only ticket holders will be admitted


Speaker: Doug Stiles (Owner)

From his experience working as an interior designer in NYC, Doug Stiles learned to create urban retreats that focus not only on economy of space, but on decompression from the daily rat race. He also loves to explore the impact of design to restore, regenerate, and heal the spirit.

After 20 years enjoying the cultural melting pot of NYC, Doug decided to return to Richmond, where he grew up, a city with a pace that can be more nurturing and graceful. That’s when he jumped at the opportunity to purchase a part of the oldest remaining public school house located in Church Hill, just blocks from the lively, soulful James River.

The Italianate 1870’s structure features soaring 14’ interior elevations and 10 foot windows that foster an innate connection with the exterior environment. The design intent was to create a playful interaction between the past and present into an expression of timelessness. This necessitated a complete gut-renovation to uncover the elements and details that anchored the original space: restoration of the antique maple flooring, the iron doric columns fabricated by Tredegar Iron Works Foundry just prior to closing, restoring the original 12’ high wood entry doors, and removing layers of wood and paint from the structural beams spanning the space.

Planning of the interior oriented the living space toward the windows to create openness and an uplifting feeling. The south-west exterior elevation provides abundant natural light and a sense of well-being with the connection to the outdoors.

This sense of well-being is further reinforced by the use of minimally processed natural earth-based interior finishes and materials like the original wood flooring, powder-coated metal, concrete, basalt stone and carrara marble that nurture the human-nature connection.

The other aspect of exploration is the playfulness of volume and height to create an elevated perch- a work-loft as a more intimate enclosed area in contrast to the main open space. The living space is intended to be a lab or evolving environment that connects the sacredness of space to social connection to the community, friends and family.


Ticket sales start 10AM, Tuesday October 1st

Click here to purchase your tickets

Note: Only ticket holders will be admitted


Modern Richmond does not own nor control the conditions of any venues for our events and cannot be held responsible for the safety of our participants or their property. While we would never host an event at a property that we believe is unsafe, you agree to attend and participate at your own risk.

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