The modern house at 20 W. Leigh St. is like an optical illusion: It simultaneously blends in and stands out.
The three-story, tan-brick structure has been attracting curious stares since construction began in November 2013. Yet, a few visitors have completely missed it as they drove past.
That was the intention of owners John Ryan and Wesley Chenault: to build a thoroughly modern house that blends into the historic fabric of Jackson Ward. They aren’t alone in this endeavor; Richmond’s in the middle of a mini-modern boom. 2015 has seen the construction of Citizen 6, a row of six geometric row houses by Baskervill at Floyd Avenue and Robinson Street, as well as a contemporary single-family house on the edge of Byrd Park.
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