The Resource Shoe Factory, State Penitentiary, Richmond, VA, (architectural drawing)

Shoe Factory, State Penitentiary, Richmond, VA, (architectural drawing)

Shoe Factory, State Penitentiary, Richmond, VA, 1888.
Shoe Factory, State Penitentiary, Richmond, VA
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These drawings show elevations and floor plans for a factory building on the grounds of the Virginia State Penitentiary. Marion J. Dimmock designed this structure after a January 1888 fire destroyed the building previously used as the shoe factory. Dimmock was awarded the contract in February 1888, and the building was completed later that year. The building housed the Davis Shoe Company, which maintained a contract with the penitentiary to use convict labor and the state-supplied building. The shoe factory was so sucessful, the Davis Shoe Company requested an expansion in 1893. Dimmock also received the commission for the additions to the factory. The remaining portions of the Virginia Penitentiary were razed in 1991-1992
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Biographical or historical data
Marion Johnson Dimmock was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1824 and moved to Richmond in 1833. He served in the Confederate Army, attaining the rank of captain. He became one of the most prolific Virginia architects in the period 1870-1900. Among his more prominent commissions during this period were the Confederate Memorial Chapel (1887), a hotel in Elkton, Virginia (1890), Richmond Chamber of Commerce Building (1891-1892), Mortuary Chapel in Hollywood Cemetery (1897-1898), and an addition to the State Library Building (Dimmock & Lee, 1908).
Cataloging source
Shoe Factory, State Penitentiary, Richmond, VA, (architectural drawing)
  • Located in the LVA General Architectural Files Collection, Folder 1
  • This project and fourteen others were originally cataloged in one record (Accession 36481). All are now cataloged individually
  • The Library of Virginia
44.5 x 90 cm.
6 sheets
Immediate source of acquisition
Donor information unavailable.
Other physical details
pencil, and pen, ink and red ink on paper
Representative fraction of scale
Scale : 1 in. equals 8 ft.
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