Holsinger At 100: May 2, 1913

getStaticImage-17100 years ago Rufus Holsinger documented the Southall Venable house which sat on Jefferson Street in Charlottesville.  This view of the back of the house also includes the First Baptist Church that sat on the corner of Jefferson and Second Street, NE.  The house would only stand for a few more years when philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire would purchase the entire block and turn the residential area into a public park.  By the mid-1920s a statue of R.E. Lee on his horse, Traveller, would stand in the center of the park.  In the 1970s the church would be destroyed in a fire.  Today, the street running along the right side of this image, is known as “Preston Coiner Street.”

Image courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library

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