- 1008-1012 East Cary Street
One of the “constellation of firms” associated with iron man Asa Snyder. [CAW]
Asa Snyder & Co. Proprietors. Thirty-five years ago this establishment was founded by the late Asa Snyder in a very moderate way, but it gave genuine evidence of enterprise from the start, and in a few years it became a noted landmark of business industry. War, fire, and financial strife, have battered at its doors, but it still stands a monument to the enterprise of its founder.
Its contributions to the trade reflect the greatest credit on the mechanical skill of those employed in its several constructive departments. They find a large and steady demand from Virginia and West Virginia, North and South Carolina, for their beautiful and reliable goods of architectural designs. They employ sixty hands, and have a cupola capacity for making five tons of castings per hour.
Their specialties are all kinds of galvanized, cast and wrought iron used in building, which embraces vault doors, elevators,. fence and balcony railings, verandas, skylights, cornices, window hoods, steeples, &c. They are also manufacturers of Hayes’ Patent Skylight, Hyatt’s Patent Area Light, for which they control Virginia.
Messrs. Asa K. Snyder and Benj. J. Atkins comprise the present firm of Asa Snyder & Co. They were both members of the firm at the time of the death of Mr. Asa Snyder, in 1884, and have continued under the same firm name.
Snyder may have been well-known, but he was not the biggest game in town.
Mr. Asa K. Snyder was born and raised here, and was brought up in the iron trade. He is also in the pig iron and foundry supply brokerage business.
Mr. Atkins resides in Manchester. He has been connected with this house for twenty years, and has been a partner in the concern since 1877. [IOR]
Mention has been made of the three great iron works here, the Tredegar, the Old Dominion and the Richmond Locomotive Works, employing probably 2,500 hands between them. Of this class, there are, besides, two big stove works, the Richmond Spike Works and the Johnson forge, for car axles, in Manchester; electric light, and electrical construction companies and establishments, and half a dozen carriage and wagon and agricultural implement works, of more than local note and business, not to mention the minor shops and smithies that are here in scores. [RVCJ93]
Despite this, Snyder’s work was arguably longer-lived and more visible than any of the big three.
A number of partial facades were provided by Richmonder Asa Snyder. Snyder, along with the constellation of firms associated with his name, seems to have had several standard designs. Several buildings used a squared-off, classical colonnade with capitals made up of what looks like slightly over-ripe fruit. Others used a more geometrically precise rectangular ornament. Snyder provided a full range of architectural ornaments for his buildings which also possess cast iron window caps and cornices.
Snyder also provided the ironwork for the 1871 Columbian Building, now Sam Miller’s Exchange Cafe. The building possesses galvanized cornices and cast iron window caps. The most impressive use of iron in the building is the attenuated Corinthian columns used to support the roof of the third floor Exchange Room. The Columbian Building was Richmond’s corn and grain exchange and the Exchange Room is one of the most important early commercial spaces remaining in the city.
The most curious of the fronts is a minuscule building inserted in a 7 ½ foot space on Main Street. While painted to match the adjacent Southern Railroad Supply Building, this structure is completely different and distinct. It was made by Architectural Ironworks of Richmond, one of Snyder’s firms. [CAW]
The man got around. Or rather men. As noted above, Asa Snyder died in 1884, leaving the business to his son, Asa K. Snyder. The son himself would die in 1892 at the tender age of 32, and despite a Richmond Times advertisement from 1894, the end of the company was nigh.
The block where the foundry stood would be substantially altered with the construction of the First & Merchants National Bank Building in 1973, which eliminated the portion of Eleventh Street that used to run through it. The image above is an approximation of where Eleventh Street would have been (right), putting Architectural Iron Works somewhere in the center.
(Architectural Iron Works is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)
- [AAA] Allison & Addison’s Handbook of the Garden, Seed Catalog, and Almanac for 1868.
- [CAW] Cast and Wrought. Robert P. Withrop. 1980.
- [IOR] Industries of Richmond. James P. Wood. 1886.
- [RVCJ93] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1893.
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Richmond Home Show is Back Starting Today
Richmond Home Show give their top 5 reasons you should swing on by.
The Richmond Home Show, presented by Herman W. Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex October 22-24, 2021 (richmondhomeshow.com)! As we approach a new year, and with many spending more time in their home, now is the perfect time to give your home a refresh or tackle your next home improvement project. And the Richmond Home Show presents the ideal venue to connect with knowledgeable local home remodeling, design, and construction professionals who can help you get started.
Here are the top five reasons to attend the 2021 Richmond Home Show:
1. RVA’s hot housing market! High demand. Bidding wars. Soaring prices. The U.S. housing market is on fire, and metro Richmond is no exception, with Forbes naming it one of its “Top Housing Markets to Watch In 2021.” Now that you’ve bought a new-to-you home, it’s time to give it the upgrade it needs, customized and reimagined, with the help of local home improvement experts who can assist you now.
2. Home improvement is surging. The pandemic has accelerated this trend as more people spend time at home and have extra time – and the need – to start a home-related project. According to Porch.com, 76% of U.S. homeowners have engaged in at least one home improvement project since the start of pandemic. Talk one-on-one with Richmond Home Show pros who can help you get the process rolling!
3. Explore new home trends. Looking to create a multi-functional living area? Create a work-from-home sanctuary? A virtual learning space in your unfinished attic? Need a new deck for your outdoor oasis? Want to increase your home’s energy efficiency? From heating + cooling, garden + landscape, and kitchen + bath to flooring, cabinetry, and everything in between, home improvement specialists will be on hand with ideas, inspiration, and solutions for your current and future home wants and needs.
4. Ask local pros! Your projects – our experts. Having access to real-time, in-person advice from Richmond-area home experts is as important as ever as more people switch homes, work from home, or find home/building materials in short supply. Get help navigating the challenges the current home improvement market presents – bring your questions and floor plans and get answers on the spot.
5. Visit a one-stop showroom. Discuss your project needs with an array of trusted builders and designers, one-on-one, in one place. Among the local exhibitors who’ll be there to help you realize your home’s full potential: CJ’s Garage Doors (Amelia, Va.), Kitchen Doctors (Midlothian), Milligan Custom Cabinetry (Charlotte County), Herman W. Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling (Ashland), Atlantic House Plans (Chesterfield), Colonial Floors of VA, Deck Creations (Midlothian), EMPWR Solar (RVA), Virginia Railing & Gates, Thompson Creek Window Company (Ashland), Mr. Fix It (Ashland), and MANY, MANY more!
2020 was the year when we all became homebodies, living under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic. Our home was not only where we lived and slept, it’s where we worked and played – our homes became our gym, school, office, bar, theater, playground, and more. Even as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, home is still our source of comfort and respite. Join us at the Richmond Home Show, a one-stop marketplace where homeowners can get answers to their home improvement questions – it’s all happening October 22-24 at the Raceway Complex.
NOTE ON COVID SAFETY: The Richmond Home Show abides by all local, state, and CDC guidelines for mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Guest wellness protocols will be in place at the venue, with handwashing and/or hand sanitizer stations at restrooms and entrances of the exhibition halls. Masks are required of all staff and patrons when inside buildings unless eating or drinking. Social distancing is also encouraged, with onsite signage to remind guests. Visit the show website for the most up-to-date guidelines.
ABOUT THE RICHMOND HOME SHOW
The Richmond Home Show is presented by Herman W. Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and will take place at the Richmond Raceway Complex October 22-24, 2021, featuring an array of local home improvement, landscaping, and gardening experts all under one roof. Discover the latest in home design, remodeling, renovation, and improvement, meet local specialists and designers, and shop, compare, and save with our trusted exhibitors! On the web at richmondhomeshow.com and Facebook at facebook.com/
SHOW DATES + HOURS
Friday, October 22, 2021, 11AM – 8PM
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10AM – 7PM
Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10AM – 5PM
Adults (at the door): $8.00
Adults (online): $6.00
Children Ages 12 & Under: FREE
• Seniors (60+) get FREE admission Friday, October 22 only with I.D. (available at box office only).
• HERO DAY is Sunday, October 24, when all active and retired military, fire and police personnel get into the show FREE! To receive a complimentary admission, simply show your valid I.D. at the Box Office.
Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222 (FREE PARKING!)
Street Closures Saturday Near VCU for President Barack Obama and Terry McAuliffe Rally
Closures will start Saturday morning at 6 AM and last until 6 PM.
Several street closures and no parking areas will be in place for the campaign event involving former President Barack Obama and Terry McAuliffe at VCU’s campus.
The rally is at the Compass area of the campus and starts at noon on Oct. 23. However, the street closures and parking restrictions will be in place before the event.
The following streets will have no parking areas from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday:
- 1000 block of Grove Avenue between North Harrison and North Linden streets;
- 900 block of Park Avenue between North Harrison and North Linden streets;
- 00 block of North Harrison Street between Park Avenue and West Main Street;
- 00 block of South Harrison Street between West Main and West Cary streets;
- 800 and 900 blocks of West Franklin Street between North Harrison and North Laurel streets
- Cathedral, North Cathedral and South Cathedral Place.
The following roads will be closed from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday:
- 900 block of Park Avenue
- 1000 block of Grove Avenue
- Cathedral, North Cathedral and South Cathedral Place
- 100 block of North Linden Street
- James Branch Cabell Library (901 Park Ave.) will be closed prior to and during the event on Saturday. The building will be open afterwards from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., alternative study spaces have been reserved on the first floor of the Academic Learning Commons (MCALC). Students should enter the building through the entrance on 1000 Floyd Ave. Cabell Starbucks will be closed on Oct. 23.
- Hibbs Hall will be closed and events have been relocated to alternate locations.
- Shafer Court Dining Center and Market 810 (810 Cathedral Pl.) will be closed on Oct. 23. As an alternative, VCU Dine will extend the hours for AVO Kitchen (355 W. Cary Street) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Subscribers to VCU’s West Main Street Parking Deck (801 W. Main St.) and West Cary Street Parking Deck (1201 W. Cary St.) will be able to access the decks. On Oct. 23, these decks will have online and on-site payment options in connection with the campaign event.
Patriot Front Deface Arthur Ashe Mural
The mural was part of the U.N.I.T.Y. program to design street art in Richmond and completed in 2017.
Beyond the photos above that were submitted anonymously, there is more graffiti throughout the tunnel.
The mural was part of the U.N.I.T.Y. program to design street art in Richmond.
From a Richmond.com article shortly after the mural was completed in the summer of 2017.
“We wanted to come to Battery Park because the tunnel was such an eyesore and it was honestly the perfect formula for what U.N.I.T.Y. Street stands for,” said Hamilton Glass, one of the five U.N.I.T.Y. artists. “Doing projects in communities where we can highlight the history of the community.”
Thornhill, who’s from Jackson Ward, added: “The city’s changing, the world is changing, and unfortunately we are forgetting some of the heroes and she-roes that came through the area.”
A few photos of the undamaged mural.
For those not familiar with the Patriot Front, read this summary from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Patriot Front is an image-obsessed organization that rehabilitated the explicitly fascist agenda of Vanguard America with garish patriotism. Patriot Front focuses on theatrical rhetoric and activism that can be easily distributed as propaganda for its chapters across the country.
In its own words
“The time of the Republic has passed in America as the system grows too weak to perform its duty. … The damage done to this nation and its people will not be fixed if every issue requires the approval and blessing from the dysfunctional American democratic system. Democracy has failed in this once great nation.”
— Patriot Front manifesto.
Patriot Front (PF) is a white nationalist hate group that formed in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, of August 12, 2017. The organization broke off from Vanguard America (VA), a neo-Nazi group that participated in the chaotic demonstration. PF’s founder, Thomas Rousseau, led VA members during “Unite the Right,” including James Alex Fields, Jr., the young man accused of murdering anti-racist protester Heather Heyer after fatally driving his vehicle into a crowd of protesters.
Rousseau and his loyalists broke away from VA after a months-long feud with VA’s leader Dillon Irizarry.
Parks and rec ha painted over the vandalism and immediately contacted Sir James Thornhill, one of the painters who worked on the mural in 2017. They’re hoping he will repaint in the spring. @rachelkellertv will be on this story tonight. pic.twitter.com/DzOXdaVxCZ
— Tyler Thrasher (@TylerJThrasher) October 21, 2021