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Historic Architecture Downtown Richmond:
A Walking Tour
Knollenberg's Art Gallery
Knollenberg's Department Store
809-815 East Main Street
Italianate (1877) and
Queen Anne style (1888)
The store on the right, 809 East Main, of this landmark store was
designed by Architect John A. Hasecoster in 1877. The Italianate, three
story building replaced a wooden, two-story building that George
Knollenberg had established on this site in 1863. The Knollenberg family
migrated to Richmond in 1845 from Astrup, Germany. The dry goods
business that they established grew and expanded into the largest retail
store in Richmond.
The store on the left,
815 East Main, was also designed by Hasecoster in 1888. It is a rare
example of commercial Queen Anne style architecture. The Queen Anne
style was popular from 1885-1905. The style featured asymmetrical
arrangements of towers, balconies, bay windows, and other decorative
elements that had an international appeal. A third 8th Street addition,
The Annex, was added around 1900, illustrating the sustained growth of
the Richmond economy through this period of industrial expansion.
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2010. While the history is still
very valuable, other information may no longer be accurate.
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