During the last week of April the Garden Club of Virginia will hold their annual tours of homes and gardens throughout the Commonwealth. Conducted in over 30 towns and cities in Virginia, it is the only statewide home and garden tour in the nation.


Garden clubs in the Richmond area invite you to come along and experience Virginia’s unique mix of tradition, elegance and spring. Beginning Wednesday April 26th you can visit 20 homes and gardens in the Richmond area that offer a sweeping vision of Virginia architecture and landscaping. You may just experience how Downton Abbey might appear in contemporary Virginia.


In addition to enjoying the gardens and homes you will want to note the strategies owners adhere to in protecting the heritage of their homes while still making them feel new again. In the near future you might be planning a graduation party, perhaps a wedding celebration at your home, maybe a golden anniversary. Or you may be thinking of selling your home. If you are, jot down tips you take away from the tour. It could be the particular color chosen to repaint an exterior. Or it might be as simple as an arresting rose hue applied to a front door that refreshes the entire front of the home. What you learn may inspire your own home restoration.


We have provided dramatic interior and exterior renovations to historic homes throughout Virginia since F.D.R. was president. For the past 30 years the team at H.J. Holtz and Son have sponsored the Garden Club tours. Additionally, owners of homes on the tour have often called upon us to help them prepare. This year there are three homes along the Richmond tour that showcase the level of quality we bring to the art of restoration.


The homes are located on Monument Avenue which the Garden Club of Virginia tour guide cites as a National Landmark District, “regarded as one of the most beautiful boulevards in America.”


    • 1800 Monument Avenue. With a view of the Robert E. Lee monument, this “Late Georgian” design with Greek revival detailing was built in 1931 and designed by William Bottomley  . The owner, Mrs. Carole Conner, enlisted us to perform interior and exterior detail work. From painting the exterior shutters to having our decorative painters touch-up the original finish in the library.
    • 1828 Monument Avenue. The elegant redbrick residence is owned by Susan Snyder. Designed by Claude Knox Howell, the home was built around 1907. Designer Janie Molster recently brought us into the home for interior painting and plaster repairs. The prep work is indicative of the painstaking restoration that goes into these treasured homes.
    • 1839 Monument Avenue. The house was the first major independent commission by the noted Richmond architect, W. Duncan Lee, who was 23 when the home was built in 1908. The owners, Dr. and Mrs. Roger Tutton, had our team perform interior and exterior  painting, exterior carpentry work, caulking and other “finesse” touching-up.

If you are considering interior or exterior renewal of your own home give us a call to see how we can bring new life to your own Virginia treasure.