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Design

Brick + Mortar partners with Richmond's best design and historic preservation professionals to provide a complete vision and scope of work for our projects.

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build

Brick + Mortar employs and contracts with local tradesmen and women who specialize in the restoration of historic homes. We have experience with complete gut renovations, additions, landscape design, and light remodels.

A 1930's Bungalow

 

Fonticello Park is a small area within the greater Woodland Heights historic district surrounding the 12-acre Carter Jones Park at Bainbridge and 28th. Carter Jones Park received its name from the City Councilman responsible for drafting the resolution to adopt the area from the family who owned it at the time: the Taylors. The Taylors, at one time, owned the 12-block area between 27th St, 31st St, Westham (Now Forest Hill), Bainbridge, and Semmes St. Their estate included a large, two-story brick residence, multiple outbuildings, and the buildings surrounding their mineral water business: Fonticello Lithia Springs, where the family bottled and sold their spring water for $0.20/gallon.

Carter Jones saw his resolution pass in May of 1924 and the Taylor's homestead was demolished in 1934 to make way for his park. Many residents refer to the area as Fonticello Park, while some refer to the area as Carter Jones' Park. We prefer the former. 

 

 

The Trolley Car Neighborhood

 

Woodland Heights is an historic district in Richmond, VA located just South of the James River between Manchester and Forest Hill. The neighborhood first began as a riverside retreat for city-dwellers in the 19th century and it is one of the earliest planned street car neighborhoods in Richmond. The prevailing architectural style of the neighborhood is Colonial Revival, followed closely by the American Foursquare, Queen Anne Victorian, and the Craftsman. 

3120 Porter St was built in the Colonial Revival style and it has been noted in the National Register of Historic Places for its stained, leaded glass embellishments at its entrance. The home fell into severe disrepair over the last several decades. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to breathe life back into this historic home.   

 

The Harlem of the South

Jackson Ward was once the epicenter of Southern African American business and commerce, and it has been colloquially called the Harlem of the South and the Black Wall Street. The construction of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike in the 1950's, which split the neighborhood in half and disrupted the cohesiveness of the thriving community, coupled with the rise in tenant-occupied houses and absentee landlords, led to the deterioration of many of the homes in the neighborhood. 

Now, the area is experiencing an amazing revitalization as artists, restaurant owners, and businesses are flocking back to the neighborhood. We are honored to have had the opportunity to be an integral part of the Jackson Ward renaissance.