The Alexander Walker House in Richmond, Virginia remains a welcome landmark in its historic neighborhood. Owner William "Bill" Crosby's penchant for classical architecture is evident in each of the home's rooms.
Originally slave quarters, the kitchen was renovated and adjoined to the main house in the 1970s. Bill went in and stripped off the newer finishes to reveal old maple floors and a planked ceiling, which he replaced with an exact replica of the original. He also hid the appliances behind decorative paneling copied from the house's formal rooms.
This window has a low, in-swinging jib door—a type of Neoclassic portal that was used by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and liberally entrenched in Virginia architecture. After 150 years, the jib door still works.
A shouldered architrave surrounds the doorway and transom, and a substantial cove molding traces the room. The 1810 English Regency dining table is from a North Carolina antiques shop, and the armchairs are from Bill's grandmother.