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Franklin Street Artistic Mansions II: A Lecture and Walking Tour with Charles Brownell, Ph.D.

A photo of Franklin Street from 1891. It features some of the large mansion houses present.



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


The Brownells return to VCU Libraries for an encore lecture on the historic architecture and interior design found in the once glittering mansions on West Franklin Street in the heart of VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Following the one-hour lecture, the Brownells lead a walking tour of  West Franklin Street. A reception follows.

While ample seating is available for the lecture, space for the walking tour is extremely limited and requires a separate reservation.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register by phone, please contact the VCU Libraries Development office at (804) 827-3616.


Please complete the online form to reserve a seat at the lecture.

Sign up for the walking tour by contacting Antonia FD Vassar (804) 827-1165. Registration for the walking tour will be closed on Friday, March 29 or when all slots are filled.

Image: 800 block of West Franklin Street. ca 1891, courtesy of The Valentine


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901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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