Seminary Avenue mansion hits market

The home at 3501 Seminary Ave. is on the market. Photos courtesy of CVRMLS.

The home at 3501 Seminary Ave. is on the market. Photos courtesy of CVRMLS.

A century-old home originally built for a Richmond granite tycoon is up for grabs in the Ginter Park neighborhood.

The 8,000-square-foot Gresham House at 3501 Seminary Ave., which anchors the avenue just north of Union Presbyterian Seminary, was listed for sale May 20 for $1.49 million.

The home's library includes glass-front bookcases and a fireplace.

The home’s library includes glass-front bookcases and a fireplace.

Homeowners Kevin Dodson and Rebecca Wright-Dodson listed the property through Sotheby’s International Realty. Robb Moss is the listing agent.

The mansion, which forms a sort of granite-sided gateway to Seminary Avenue with the similarly constructed Paschall House across the street, features four monolithic columns in the front, oversized windows and 14 rooms across three stories.

The property, Moss said, was built in 1906 for granite magnate Thomas Gresham. He co-owned Wise Granite and Construction Co. with Lee Paschall, who lived in the house across the street. Both houses were designed by noted architect D. Wiley Anderson and served to showcase the granite company’s capabilities, according to an article by architect Robert Winthrop.

“The columns, they’re one piece of granite,” Moss said. “It’s incredible that that is one solid piece of granite and not granite molded together. The place is museum quality.”

A winding staircase climbs the house's three floors.

A winding staircase climbs the house’s three floors.

The six-bedroom, 4½-bathroom house also features hardwood interiors, a grand wooden staircase that snakes up three floors, six fireplaces, two parlors, a library, a conservatory and a third-floor billiards room.

The 1½-acre property, once owned by the seminary, includes a detached carriage house that has been converted into apartments. Moss said Union Presbyterian used the building for student housing before it sold the property in 2002.

That sale totaled $487,000, according to city property records. Dodson and Wright-Dodson purchased the home a year later for $799,000.

A recent city assessment valued the property at just more than $1.1 million.

The house is located near the southernmost end of Ginter Park. In addition to the seminary, the area includes the nearby Veritas School and the recently completed Ginter Place condos.

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