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RVA Legends — Crutchfield House

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from the landscape.

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514 North Third Street
Built, 1829
Demolished, unknown

The probable birthplace of “Justice John”.

Crutchfield Beers

(LOC) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the City of Richmond, 1877

A later house in this same part of Third, No. 514, which is still standing, was built in 1829 by George K. Crutchfield. Crutchfield, an Englishman by birth, was for many years presiding justice of Hustings Court. Since he occupied this house for at least fifteen years, it seems probable that his son, “Justice John” of Police Court fame, was born here, in 1844.

Crutchfield Today

August 2016

In spite of the modern double windows, this Crutchfield home is a charming little building, with a paneled stair and a delicate mantel on the ground floor. [ORN]

Justice John

(FindAGrave) — Judge John Jeter Crutchfield, 1844 – 1920

Virginius Dabney’s depicts Judge Crutchfield as a cantankerous showboat judge, who presided over the Police Court and other benches for 32 years. A former Confederate of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, he had an uncharitable attitude toward black people, with some predictable judicial outcomes.

A reading of Dabney’s account of Crutchfield’s animus finds the use of racial terms not to be repeated in a family blog. His attitude toward the 14th amendment, and the equal justice under the law which it describes, seems to have been applied unevenly. He may have mellowed in later life, but that was after years of his previous behavior. [RSC]

Crutchfield Sanborn

(LOC) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905)

But that was who grew up in the house. The building itself lasted into the 20th century, appearing on the 1905 Sanborn maps. The City of Richmond’s Real Estate Accessor site lists no transfers before 1987, so there is no ready record of when it was either pulled down or destroyed.

Sources

  • (FindAGrave) — Judge John Jeter Crutchfield, 1844 – 1920
  • (LOC) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the City of Richmond, 1877
  • (LOC) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905)
  • [ORN] — Old Richmond Neighborhoods. Mary Wingfield Scott. 1950.
  • [RSC] — Richmond, Story of a City. Virginius Dabney. 1976.

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