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Modern Richmond Pop-Up // 05.29.2019 // Modern in a 1931 Shell

  • 4 North Robinson Street Richmond, VA, 23220 United States (map)
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Ticket sales start Friday, May 24 at 10 AM

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NOTE: Our Pop-Up tours are pared-down, short-notice opportunities and typically do not include food and beverages. There will be no talk or Q&A session but venue owners, architects, or builders may be available to answer your questions.

The brick shell of this 1931 row house, located in the historic Fan District, sat abandoned and boarded up for 20+ years covered in graffiti. Its poor condition allowed city zoning officials to implement an administrative override of zoning requirements at the request of the neighborhood association and immediate neighbors.

This ‘administrative override' abolished the required 3’-0” setback from the alley and the attached wall to the house next door. A rare opportunity to add a new third story was permitted by the city to be built on top of the existing two stories. All existing elements were removed and the brick shell remained. The design involved building a new house within the existing brick shell. The result is a 3 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom residence.

Painted exterior brick with new black windows stays true to the more historic nature of the neighborhood, but is complemented by more modern standing seam black metal siding at the rear addition and new third story. This new third story includes a secondary living/ lounge area, a bedroom, full bathroom and a rooftop deck. The third story walls surrounding the roof top deck utilize large glass windows that not only double the size of the interior, but allow ample light to pour into the space.

An exposed 10” deep steel ‘I’ beam running front to back is supported by the existing brick shell and two 3” steel pipe columns at the ceiling, a two foot wide section of floor joists are exposed from front to back along the steel beam. This exposed section of floor joists eventually opens up into a three story vertical light well over the kitchen island with a glass floor at the third level allowing light to filter down from the skylight.

At night the light well is lit artificially to create a similar lighting effect. The interior has a simple danish modern/industrial feel. All red oak floors are sealed with an ‘invisible’ floor stain to maintain the natural, Danish look and complement the white and black trim. The landscaping is minimal and incorporates larger rocks and varied grasses organized into equally spaced rows.

Project Type: Complete Renovation within 1930s brick shell + Third Story Addition

Bed/Bath: 3 Bed/ 3.5 Bath (originally 3 bed/1.5 bath)

Sq. Ft.: 2,300 (From 1,620)

Style: Historic Brick Shell + Modern Addition + Danish/Industrial Modern Interior

Ticket sales start Friday, May 24 at 10 AM

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.