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Virginia Center for Architecture Dedicates the
Zayde Branch Rennolds Gallery
RICHMOND, VA June 17, 2014 — The Virginia Center for Architecture has dedicated the Zayde Branch Rennolds Gallery, in recognition of significant financial support from The Elmwood Fund. Walter Dotts, the Fund’s president and a grandson of Mrs. Rennolds, said, “Our family is delighted with this special acknowledgement of Grandmother, and it is fitting that the space dedicated to the Center’s permanent exhibition on the Branch House is named in her memory.”
The designation of the Zayde Branch Rennolds Gallery honors Mrs. Rennolds and preserves her legacy as a longtime philanthropist in Richmond. According to Helene Combs Dreiling, the Center’s Executive Director, “Mrs. Rennolds was quite active in cultural affairs and had a prominent role in the community, particularly for a female of her day. We are pleased to honor this especially inspiring woman.”
The gallery is home to the exhibition “The House that Branch Built,” which highlights the history of the Branch House, the 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion that is the home of the Virginia Center for Architecture. The exhibition features John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned the house’s design and construction, and his wife, Beulah, as well as the structure’s architect, John Russell Pope. It also sheds light on the house’s interiors, its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue, and the English country house that inspired the building’s design.
The Virginia Center for Architecture is dedicated to developing the understanding of architecture and design and their influence on our lives, our communities, and our world. The Center is located in Richmond’s historic Fan District at 2501 Monument Avenue. It is the only individual structure on Monument Avenue that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.