Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape

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Intentionally built on the fall line where the Piedmont uplands meet the Tidewater region, Richmond has always been a city defined by the land. From the time settlers built a city on rugged terrain overlooking the James River, the people have changed the land and been changed by it. Few know this better than T. Tyler Potterfield, a planner with the City of Richmond Department of Community Development. Whether considering the many roles of the "romantic, wild and beautiful" James River through the centuries, describing the rationale for the location of the Virginia State Capitol on Shockoe Hill or relating the struggle to reclaim green space as industrialization and urban growth threatened to remove nature from the city, Potterfield weaves a tale as ordered as the gridded streets of Richmond and just as rich in history.
ISBN: 9781596294158
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Images: 65
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
T. Tyler Potterfield has served as a historic preservation planner for the city of Richmond since 1992. Mr. Potterfield has extensive experience lecturing, writing and leading tours pertaining to Richmond's history, architecture and landscape, and in recent years, he has completed historic landscape reports of Capitol Square and Monroe Park. He and his wife, Maura Meinhardt, live and garden in the Oregon Hill Historic District, next to Hollywood Cemetery and not far from the James River.
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