Beckstoffer’s Loft Apartments and Somanath Senior Apartments at Beckstoffer’s represent Phases I & II of the Better Housing Coalition’s Beckstoffer’s block development in North Church Hill. In the early 1900’s, German native Henry Beckstoffer established a lumber mill on N. 28th Street. Renowned for using the latest woodworking technologies to create custom building materials from lumber to fancy millwork, the mill supplied materials for homes in The Fan District, Church Hill, the Governor’s Mansion, Agecroft Hall and other local treasures. After three generations, the firm was sold in 2006. In 2008 the Better Housing Coalition (BHC) acquired the property and transformed the former mill structure into 22 energy-efficient, mixed-income loft apartments. Two buildings on the site of the former lumberyard encompass the 39 units of Somanath Senior Apartments at Beckstoffer’s, which opened in 2014. The smaller, seven-unit building is designed to be “net-zero energy” – the first affordable property of its kind in Virginia. The 32-unit, three-story building is certified to EarthCraft’s Tier III (highest) level of energy efficiency.

This month’s event is presented in tandem with AIA Architecture Week.  We hope you will join us to learn more about how affordable housing can be beautiful and sustainable while also playing a part in historic preservation and as a catalyst for private investment. 

Time: 5:30 – 7:30, speakers at 6:15 pm

Speakers: Bernard Rogers (BHC), K.C. Bleile (Earthcraft VA), Mark Larson (Baskervill)

Sponsor: Groovin Gourmets'

Cost: Modern Richmond events are free, but a suggested cash donation of $5/person is appreciated.

Location: 1207 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223.  Please park on the street - parking lots at Beckstoffer's are reserved for residents.  There is limited overflow parking available in the back lot of Good Shepherd Baptist Church next to Q street.  Parking is restricted in the church lot off of 29th.

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