This is a two-part class taught by Robert P. Winthrop. Class one will take place on Thursday, October 2, and class two on Thursday, October 9.
Sometimes being staid, conventional, and Colonial can be too much even for Richmonders. Once in a while they may let their hair down and get wild and crazy. Sometimes living in a Mexican hacienda or a four-thousand seat Moorish style theater really hits the spot. The first class will focus on the Mission and other exotic styles of 1914 to 1930. The second class will tackle the development of suburbs in Richmond. Suburban sprawl is rightfully considered to be a blight on the landscape, but those criticisms do not apply to the early streetcar suburbs of Richmond. Ginter Park, Laburnum and Windsor Farms were carefully designed and planned to combine gardens, yards, and houses in a sensible and attractive way. In Richmond the ideals of the City Beautiful combined with the Garden City movement to create superb neighborhoods.
Robert P. Winthrop is a practicing architect and the author of several books on the architectural history of Virginia.