Reeveston Place Historic District

  • 321 S 19th St
  • 1608 Reeveston Rd
  • 201 S 20th St
  • 310 S 17th St
  • 224 S 21st St
  • 2001 Reeveston Rd
  • 1950 Reeveston Rd
  • 1701 Reeveston Rd
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The neighborhood that is now known as Reeveston derived its name from one of its most prominent residents, Mark E. Reeves owned the land of present-day Reeveston Place from 1853 until 1883. During this time, he created a beautiful estate through his pursuits in horticulture and landscape architecture. Reeves cultivated a variety of trees, flowers and plants, and an 1874 atlas showed his estate containing among other things a windmill, grape house, greenhouse, and fish pond.

In 1867 Reeves had a Second Empire house constructed for his family, which still stands. The oldest house in the neighborhood, however, is "Peacedale," or the Joseph Plummer House, built by the previous owner of the land. Other remnants from the Reeves estate include the former entrance gates and the chauffeur's house. After Reeves passed away in 1883, his wife in 1911. Upon her passing, the estate was purchased by developers intending to create a neighborhood that local newspapers boasted would be one of the most beautiful in the state.

At first, construction activity was slow in the neighborhood. One of the earliest houses to be built was the 1913 O.C. Krone House. It is unique for the large numbers of boulders used in its construction. Another early house was built for Captain Paul Comstock house is a wonderful example of the Georgian Revival style.

Just as in other early twentieth century suburbs of America, Reeveston Place experienced a great deal of building activity after both World Wars. The neighborhood also grew in popularity with the rise of the automobile. Its plan was not based on mass transit systems as were nineteenth century neighborhood, but catered to the growing number of families who owned automobiles. Perhaps the most important feature of the Reeveston Place, setting it apart from its contemporaries, was the street plan of wide boulevards and planted medians.

Building activity occurred in the neighborhood for nearly half of a century, resulting in an eclectic mix of architectural style. Some of the best examples of early to mid-twentieth century architecture in Richmond can be found in the Reeveston Place. Throughout its years of growth, Reeveston Place was and upper-class citizens of Richmond, and many prominent architects of the area were employed to design their houses.

Well-known architects Pierre and Wright of the Indianpolis were commissioned by Benjamin Johnson to design hi Tudor Revival house along Reeveston Road. The Charles Werking firm, perhaps the most prominent in Richmond at the time, designed several house in Reeveston. They include the Ed Ramler House, the A.L. Fossler House, and the Walter Rudolohsen House. The fact that each house was conceived in a different style is testament to Werking's versatility.

Architectural Styles
Tudor 3
French Eclectic 2
Colonial Revival 1
Werking & Son 2
Herbert Sielman 1
Werking & Fallon 1
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