Past Events

Private House Tour: Historic Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House

Tuesday November 22, 2016 5:30-6:30pm

Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House
2 North 5th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Join architectural historian Calder Loth for this tour of one of Richmond’s most treasured historic private residences, The Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House.

This residence, also known as the the William Wirt House, was built in 1808–09, and is a two-story, seven-bay Federal-era brick dwelling with a hipped roof. The three bays on either side of the entrance are formed into octagonal-ended or three-sectioned bow front projections with a wooden, two-level porch arcade screening the central space. It has a central hall plan with an octagonal room on the south and a rectangular room behind and a larger single room across the hall.

In 1816, William Wirt (1772–1834) purchased the house and lived there until 1818, when he moved to Washington as Attorney General of the United States under James Monroe. Formerly serving as the headquarters of the Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross, the house is now a private residence. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Admission is free and open to the general public. The tour will begin outside the residence at 5:30 pm.

Reserve your spot to experience this rare opportunity to visit this beautiful historic home.


Photo courtesy: Architecture Richmond D.O.K.