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ArchitectureRichmond: The Adam Craig House

ArchitectureRichmond has a look at the architecture and history of the Adam Craig House:

For a hint of what 18th century Richmond might have looked like there are few better places to examine than the Adam Craig House, an evocative dwelling that sits kitty-corner at the southeast corner of the intersection of East Grace and North 19th streets in Shockoe Bottom. Its lot fills a quarter of the city block, a configuration that follows the establishment of the city grid system of 1737.

The date of the houses is subject to question but it may have been built in 1784, two years after its owner, Adam Craig, moved from Williamsburg to Richmond.

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Belinda Viers
Belinda Viers
2020 years ago

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Bea Cross
Bea Cross
2020 years ago

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Holly
Holly
2 years ago

Lovely home

Alex Goodmundson
Alex Goodmundson
2020 years ago

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Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

The HRF relies heavily on the Mutual Assurance policies and the first one issued for this house, and other long gone buildings, was issued on February 18, 1796. Madge Goodrich, who worked the WPA historic home research papers, lists a succession of deeds for the property that includes what was then, Lot 86, where the house sits today. Property transfers by value, did not reflect a large improvement up through 1791. In 1790, it appears that Adam Craig and John John Cunliffe purchased several lots at the same time together and were dividing them up between them. It shows that… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

Sorry for any typos with this quick history done on the fly late at night 🙂

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

To add more confusion, going by just the MA policies and deeds, there is a possibility that the house could have actually been built by Simpson and not Craig. The MA policy that shows the main house, did not distinguish that Craig built it, and did not indicate it was “new” as with other MA policies. It did say he purchased the other house and buildings from Simpson. Of course, I am not taking into consideration that there may be other personal papers left by Craig that could state differently? Does anyone know right off? It would not be the… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

Also, as I mentioned… a typo as I mentioned 19th and Cary when it is 19th and Grace 🙂 That is what you get typing too quickly and on the fly. I did catch the mistakes after proofing… later, and would have corrected them myself if there was an edit option. The MA maps also shows the main house with a footprint of 42×16 feet, which is the correct size and it too had an ‘L’ leg extension BUT, it was sitting squarely on Grace Street with the front porch extending out into it. The other buildings surrounded it that… Read more »

Dale Virginia Burch-caronna
Dale Virginia Burch-caronna
2 years ago

Do you have any information regarding the home being inhabited by the “Burch” family? My cousin is investigating our family history in VA. And found our daily lived in the Craig House. Campus provide further info. Sincerely Dale Burch

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