The oldest surviving residences in the block – at 2608 and 2610 – were built in 1848, but they originated from another neighborhood.
They were built on Second Street downtown, and two historic curators – Elizabeth Bocock and Douglas Fleet – moved and rebuilt them on East Franklin Street when they faced demolition in 1972, Chen says. (The expansion of the Richmond Public Library on West Franklin Street prompted the move.)
The north side of the block also includes two groups of infill buildings from the turn of the 20e century. The houses of 2604 and 2606, which have large decorative gables, were built in 1904, and those of 2614, 2616 and 2618 were built in 1905.
With their deep Italian / Victorian cornices and neo-colonial style porches, the 1905 buildings “show the transition of styles and the combination of elements of various styles that would become typical of the early to mid-twentieth century”, Chen explains.
Overall, the block has an elegantly understated quality, with no jarring elements, says Jennie Dotts, a real estate agent at Virginia Properties and a resident of Church Hill.
“All the houses are brick – there is not a single frame house on the block,” she said. “Inside, many homes have beautiful marble mantels, plaster medallions, and heart pine floors. They have a huge sense of quality.