MRT Recap: Marcellus Wright + Cox // Meyers Residence / by Modern Richmond

A very special thanks to the hosts for April's tour of the Meyers Residence, a classic mid-century modern residence on Wilton Road.  A capacity crowd was treated to stories from Stanley Meyers who grew up in the house, Fred Cox who designed the home as a young architect in the office of Marcellus Wright, and the new owners, Hank and Natalie Greenberg.  

The home was designed in 1959 and completed in 1960.  The American Institute of Architects awarded the project a Merit Award in 1962.

The inside boasts classic mid-century modern details.  Slatted wood ceilings, exposed laminated wood beams (new technology at the time), wall paneling and vintage steel cabinets in the kitchen are but a few of the original elements still in pristine condition.

To move through the house is an exercise in elegant simplicity.  A single hallway runs lengthwise, and a double-height stair dominates the interior and offers views to the backyard.  Directly opposite the front door, the stair also serves as a boundary between the spatious living and dining rooms and the more private den and bedrooms beyond.

The bedrooms are spatious, if not large, and offer abundunt natural light and pleasant views of the lush landscaping.  Exposed beams and classic light fixtures repeat throughout the home.

Modern Richmond Tour is always grateful when people are willing to open their homes and share a bit of their lives and April's event was no exception.  We were treated to no less than three points of view representing the past, present and future of this exceptional home.

Architect Fred Cox shared his recollections of working with Mr. and Mrs. Meyers and noted some of the key design aspects of the house.  When it came time to offer advice to the soon-to-be owners, with a wry smile and a classic southern lilt to his voice, he suggusted that they "don't fool with the kitchen."

Stanley Meyers, one of several children who grew up in the home, was kind enough to share his thoughts about growing up in this distinctive home.  A favorite spot for the Meyers children was the recreation room in the basement which offered a pool table, ping pong, and easy access to the grassy backyard.  As we all stood around the dining and living room, Mr. Meyers fondly noted the irony since he recalled not being allowed into these rooms until he was 30 years old.

Last to speak were Hank and Natalie Greenberg who, with their young children, will be the next to call the house a home.  Following more than a year of hunting for the perfect modern dwelling, it was love at first sight and observant neighbors might have caught Natalie secretly jumping up and down with excitement upon viewing the home.  To Mr. Cox's comments about the kitchen, Ms. Greenberg simply replied: "awesome kitchen."

Left to Right: Fred Cox, Natalie and Hank Greenberg, Stanley Meyers

MRT would like to thank everyone who came out to share a wonderful evening and experience this modern gem in the heart of one of Richmond's classic neighborhoods.  Special thanks to the Meyers family, architect Fred Cox of Marcellus Wright Cox Architects and the Greenberg family.  As well, we appreciate the kind support of April's sponsors at 3north, One South Realty Group, The Specialty Group, and 525.

Stay tuned for information on May's gathering, which will be held at the home of Mimi Sadler and Camden Whitehead.  

-KWJ