MRT PREVIEW: 20 W. LEIGH / by Modern Richmond

March's tour takes us to SMBW's 20 W. Leigh Street  on March 9th in Jackson Ward.. This modern home were featured in this R Home article by Melissa Scott Sinclair

Fitting in While Standing Out

A thoroughly modern house blends into the historic fabric of Jackson Ward

by Melissa Scott Sinclair

Photos by Adam Ewing, styling by Melissa Molitor From the article in the November-December issue of R•Home magazine

Photos by Adam Ewing, styling by Melissa Molitor
From the article in the November-December issue of R•Home magazine

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.

More details here: http://richmondmagazine.com/home/fitting-in-while-standing-out/