The House That Branch Built
Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.
This exhibit is permanently in the chapel gallery, and generously made possible by a private Richmond foundation, and Tourism Cares.
Carlton Abbott Illustrations
Following a comprehensive exhibit in fall 2017 of the illustrations of Carlton Abbott throughout his career, Mr. Abbott gave to the Branch Museum on long term loan some of his illustrations of Richmond.
On view in the Lower Level Hallway are Mr. Abbott’s illustrations of beautifully detailed landscapes, buildings, scenery — some as visions for the future of Richmond, and some to document the city’s changes.
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