CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2020:


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OCTOBER


OCTOBER 14

Architecture in Dialogue: Placemaking and the Future of Monument Avenue

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

How do we create places that are meaningful and inclusive in a community? Panelists in this webinar will examine the concept of placemaking and will discuss this question (and others) in the context of Richmond’s “Grand Avenue.”

OCTOBER 17

House Tour

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

OCTOBER 21

The Branch House Restoration: The Branch House 1919 – 2020: Its Significance Architecturally and for Richmond

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Designed by John Russell Pope, the Branch House and Gardens occupy half a block in Richmond’s Fan District.  This webinar will explore the history of the House and Monument Avenue, critical choices for the location of the House and the architect; the significant role the House and the Branch family have had in Richmond’s history. And we will begin to explore the challenges of restoring one of Richmond’s great architectural treasures.

OCTOBER 24

House Tour

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

OCTOBER 28

Architecture in Dialogue: Community Needs and Revitalization in Richmond’s East End — The Kitchens at Reynolds

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Richmond’s East End consists of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, as well as some of its most under-resourced. A multi-partner revitalization initiative seeks to address the issues of poverty, social justice, and access to healthy food, education, and opportunity that have impacted the area for decades. In this webinar, panelists will discuss how these community needs led to the recent completion of one part of the initiative, The Kitchens at Reynolds.

OCTOBER 31

House Tour

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

NOVEMBER


NOVEMBER 11

The Branch House Restoration: The Branch House Plaster

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The Branch House decorative plaster is some of the most beautiful plasterwork in Virginia.  Unfortunately, the century since the House was built and water intrusion have caused significant damage.  You will see up-close views of the beautiful plaster figures and decorations, including the toll that time has taken on the plaster, and you will discover the history of plasterwork in the early 20th century, particularly in Richmond, as well as learn from a dedicated craftsman how this work is being saved at the Branch.  The challenges of restoration are best shown in the work to save our decorative plaster.

NOVEMBER 19

Architecture in Dialogue: Healing Spaces — How the Coronavirus May Impact the Built Environment

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The outbreak of COVID-19 quickly revealed how the design of hospitals, schools, offices, public spaces, and even entire cities were flawed in prevented the spread of the virus. How can architects, interior designers, and urban planners apply the lessons learned during the pandemic in rethinking the built environment? In this webinar, panelists will explore the potential implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on building design and urban planning.


DECEMBER


DECEMBER 2

The Branch House Restoration : The Branch House Roof, Trim and Windows

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The roof and windows are defining features of the Branch House.  The diamond patterned windows enhance the medieval character of the building, the exterior woodwork relied on skilled craftsman to make adjustments on-site like medieval carpenters, and the roof system is a series of pitches with slate and flat surfaces now with modern coatings.  But these features are more than beautiful; they have to keep water out and their wear is showing. Our panel of experts will discuss the challenges of repairing building elements that pose the greatest risk to water infiltration that can either be highly visible or obscured.