Sacred Heart Cathedral sanctuar




One Mill Street, Suite 202
Farmville, Virginia 23901
(434) 392-5283
(804) 355-6106
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Robert P. Winthrop

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Robert P. Winthrop received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia in 1970. He received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for design excellence at graduation. He worked for Quentin L. Reutersham, AIA in Potsdam, New York before coming to Richmond in 1971, where, as an associate with Glave Newman Anderson, Architects he began his extensive study of and involvement with Virginiaís architectural heritage.

Since establishing his own practice in 1982, Robert P. Winthrop has been specializing in institutional, church and residential work, with emphasis on the renovation of architecturally significant buildings. Projects range in scale from modest residential renovations to institutional buildings over 36,000 square feet. Major works include the Heritage United Methodist Church, Rivermont Presbyterian, Quaker Memorial Presbyterian and St. Thomas More churches in Lynchburg, Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford, Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisonburg and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and Chester Presbyterian Church in Richmond.

Recently completed projects include the Columns on Grove, a housing for the elderly project in Richmond,. Chester Baptist Church, additions and alterations to the First Presbyterian Church and Timberlake Christian Church in Lynchburg, and a new sanctuary for St. Theresa Catholic Church in Farmville. While many of these projects are quite large, he has also designed small projects for Bethany United Methodist Church in Forest, Virginia, St. Peterís United Methodist church in Montpelier, Virginia, Elon Presbyterian church in Elon, Virginia, additions to Northminster Presbyterian in Madison Heights, and additions to the Clarksville Presbyterian Church.

Robert Winthropís work has received awards from the Historic Richmond Foundation for the restoration of Columbia and from the James River Chapter of the AIA for the design of the Staunton River Memorial Library in Altavista and the Krumbein Residence in Richmond. The renovation and additions to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart received the Historic Richmond Foundationís top award in 1992 for technical and design excellence. He received an award of excellence in the Building Better Communities competition in 1993. The Richmond Better Housing Coalition won the Mary Wingfield Scott Award for the Columns on Grove in 1998. His residential projects have been extensively published in Southern Living as well as local newspapers. Church projects have been published in American Organist and Inform. His work, including the restoration of Columbia, the Monumental Church, additions to the Valentine Museum, and numerous studies associated with the historical context of Richmond architecture prompted the American Institute of Architects to award him a special award for contributions to historic preservation in 1982.

Mr. Winthrop was a long-term member of the Commission of Architectural Review and the Urban Design Committee for the City of Richmond. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of Richmondís architecture. His books and articles include The Architecture of Jackson Ward, Cast and Wrought: The Architectural Metalwork of Downtown Richmond, Virginia, and Architecture in Downtown Richmond. Ten articles, written for the Richmond Times Dispatch, were published as Richmondís Architecture. He has given major lecture series for the Monument Avenue Foundation and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He is the coauthor, with Sarah Driggs and Richard Guy Wilson of Richmondís Monument Avenue published in 2001.

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