‘Rock House’ Landmarked; Bond speaks

The former Charles B. Holt residence, a stone dwelling perched on a bluff over Preston Avenue near Washington Park, was voted onto the Virginia Landmarks Register Wednesday. On April 18, noted Civil Rights advocate Julian Bond will speak at the dedication of the house as a pro bono legal center.
During its quarterly board meeting March 8, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources lauded the Arts and Crafts bungalow architecturebuilt in 1926 by an African American carpenter and umbrella repairman said to be struggling against the obstacles and prejudices of the Jim Crow South.
Richmond mega-firm Hunton & Williams will rent the house for a project with UVA law students to provide free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and to immigrants seeking political asylum. The John Grisham-funded Legal Aid Justice Center owns the site.