Historic Richmond Foundation
4 East Main Street, Suite 1C
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

Building on history.

Our mission is to shape the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy.

Our city is evolving every day. The skyline and the landscape are changing. That’s exactly how we like it.

We are dedicated to keeping the Richmond of tomorrow unique and distinct from every other city on Earth. We are committed to preserving the character of the city, energizing its neighborhoods and conspiring to keep Richmond interesting and authentic. 

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cyane Bemiss Crump
Board Chair Mr. David I. Meyers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Troutman Sanders, LLP
Contact Information
Address 4 East Main Street, Suite 1C
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 643-7407
Fax 804 788-4244
E-mail info@historicrichmond.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1935
Former Names
Historic Richmond Foundation2013
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $730,000.00
Projected Expenses $730,000.00

Building on history.

Our mission is to shape the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy.

Our city is evolving every day. The skyline and the landscape are changing. That’s exactly how we like it.

We are dedicated to keeping the Richmond of tomorrow unique and distinct from every other city on Earth. We are committed to preserving the character of the city, energizing its neighborhoods and conspiring to keep Richmond interesting and authentic. 

We are champions of Richmond’s past and passionate fans of its future.

Richmond’s history isn’t the whole story. The greatest cities in the world move forward and build on their heritage. Our great old buildings and homes belong to the opening pages of an epic that is still a work in progress. New chapters are written every day. Future generations will pick up where we leave off.

We are not a museum or a government agency. Historic Richmond is an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the foundation of what makes Richmond unique, beautiful and unlike any other city on the planet. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to encourage preservation, rehabilitation, and revitalization in the city.

We collaborate with government, neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals who share our passion for Richmond’s significant and historic structures and places. We consider it our job to educate and enlighten citizens about the cultural, aesthetic and economic value of Richmond’s unique built environment. We engage the community all year long through a regular flow of information and publications, public events, presentations and special tours.

We believe Richmond is like no other city on Earth and we’re doing everything possible to keep it that way.
Needs for the current year include, but are not limited to:
  • Increased Annual Fund support from the community
  • Support for Monumental Church
  • Enthusiastic ambassadors willing to share Historic Richmond's mission and its vision for the city's future
  • Community support and advocacy for the burgeoning renaissance of Jackson Ward
  • Suggestions and photographs of at-risk sites around Richmond
  • Funding for our educational programs

1920’s - When historic neighborhoods such as Church Hill and other early buildings were in jeopardy of demolition, a group of Richmond activists led by Mary Wingfield Scott intervened to preserve them as the wonderful neighborhoods and places they are today.

1935 - The group formed the William Byrd branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA)  to save The Adam Craig House. This organization would later spawn Historic Richmond.

1956 - Elizabeth Scott Bocock and Louise Catteral form the Historic Richmond Foundation and work with state and city governments to create the city’s Local Old and Historic District ordinance, which protects certain neighborhoods from demolition and architectural change.

1970s-1990s - Historic Richmond continues to champion downtown neighborhoods and buildings which are neglected and in danger as businesses and residents leave for the suburbs.

2010 - Historic Richmond celebrates 75 years of Richmond preservation and revitalization. 

Today - During the renaissance taking place in downtown Richmond, Historic Richmond continues to help shape the future of our city by caring for our distinctive historic character and championing our past and future architectural legacy.
CEO Statement

The year 2015 showcased Richmond to the country and world through grand scale events like the UCI Road World Championship Bike Race, Dominion Riverrock, and the Richmond Jazz Festival, and through smaller crowd-pleasers like the National Beer Expo and the Richmond Bacon Festival. What do these events have in common? The stage. Richmond’s historic neighborhoods hosted countless festivals and fairs. Landmark treasures like Maymont and Tredegar Iron Works headlined big stage shows. Our unmatched city center, urban riverfront, river and islands, and our cobblestoned streets were up for, well, anything you can imagine that is fun, challenging or beautiful. There is something about Richmond’s authentic places that draws a crowd - whether it is to house a tech company, squeeze in a pop-up shop, or throw a big bash.

Historic Richmond’s 2015 was spent planning for the future of Richmond’s great stage beyond its annual festivals and shows. Our board came together and mapped out a new strategic plan. Our plan focuses on neighborhood revitalization by lifting up the most derelict historic buildings and blighted spots in which others don’t see potential, and helping our best landmark buildings, which are often so costly to maintain that their owners need stewardship to find the best and most lasting methods of preservation. Finally it, involves educating and including in our programs the long-time Richmonders who remember our work from over 50 years ago, as well as the newcomers who don’t know that the historic Richmond places they enjoy so much could have looked very different.

In 2016, we flew into action on our plan for places like the Mason’s Hall and Capitol Square. We walked the streets of Barton Heights and Brooklyn Park Boulevard and Highland Park, planning our support for these historic neighborhoods. We celebrated the rebirth of Scott’s Addition and The Boulevard with a street art photography challenge to capture this unique neighborhood today, before the development changes that are headed their way. We engaged with architects to envision the type of infill in historic neighborhoods that both excites people and respects the history of place.

In 2017 many, if not most, of the houses, churches and commercial buildings in Richmond will be considered historic: those 50 years or older. We hope you will continue to support our work to ensure that each is a star. We intend to be there for their debuts and encores on this stage.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Historic Richmond works to protect the unique architectural character of the City of Richmond. Our main focus is to promote, preserve and protect the architectural history and culture of Richmond.  Although our focus is in Richmond, we do work to help other preservation organizations and surrounding areas with their preservation issues.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David I. Meyers
Company Affiliation Troutman Sanders, LLP
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Email david.meyers@troutmansanders.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Jonathan H. Bliley Williams Mullen
Mr. Andrew K. Clark LeClairRyan
Mr. Robert E. Comet BCWH Architects
Mrs. Betty M. Fahed Wills Financial Group
Mrs. Susan Startt Fisher Long & Foster
Mr. Todd R. Flowers Dominion Resources
Mr. David Hallock Two Capitols Consulting
Mr. Doug Hanson Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark A. Herzog Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Mr. David I. Meyers Troutman Sanders
Mrs. Staci Phillips Capital One
Mr. Gregory H. Ray Altria
Mr. William S. Tate Community Volunteer
Mr. Ben Thompson Luck Companies
Mr. Harry A. Turton Union Bank
Mr. R. Scott Ukrop 3north
Mr. Robert A. Vallejo PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ms. Martha A. Warthen Hunton & Williams
Mrs. Julie Weissend Dovetail Construction
Mr. Harold J. Williams IIIDickinson Williams & Co.
Mr. Steven R. Williams McGuire Woods
Mrs. Allison Woodward Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 15
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Mrs. Nancy M. Cheely Joyner Fine Properties
Mrs. Karen S. Emroch Community Volunteer
Mr. Thomas E. Fahed Realtor
Mr. John Owen Gwathmey Troutman Sanders
Mr. Daniel P. Healy Guggenheim Partners
The Honorable C. N. Jenkins Jr.Judge
Mr. James W. Klaus Children's Wear Digest, Inc.
Mr. Calder C. Loth Retired
Mrs. Alice Reed McGuire Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert W. Miller Jr.Miller & Associates
Mr. Burt Pinnock BAM Architects
Mr. Davis Rennolds McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Mr. J. Sargeant Reynolds Jr.Reynolds Development
Mrs. Coleen Butler Rodriguez Community Volunteer
Mrs. Mary Harding Sadler Sadler & Whitehead
Mrs. Elizabeth Carrington Shuff Community Volunteer
Mr. Curtis Straub TowneBank
Mrs. Barbara B. Ukrop Community Volunteer
Mr. Harry J. Warthen IIIHunton & Williams
Mrs. Catherine Whitham Community Volunteer
Ms. Lorna Wyckoff Consultant
Youth Board Members
Mrs. Paige Anderson Hunton & Williams
Mr. Wes Barger Jr.BWB Construction
Ms. Erin E. Brooks SMBW
Mr. Frank Cragle Hirschler Fleischer, P.C.
Ms. Leslie Crudele ChildFund International
Ms. Kate Fraser-Orr Retail Merchants Association
Ms. Alicia Guillama Maymont Foundation
Ms. Chelsea Jeffries Chesterfield County
Mr. Sarfraz Khan SunTrust Bank
Ms. Sarah E. Kramer NewClients, Inc.
Ms. Abbe I. Little Wiley/Wilson
Mr. Keith Murphy 3North Architecture
Ms. Hanna S. Navarrete VCU Institute for Engineering & Medicine
Ms. Rebecca Palmer PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ms. Beth Petty Troutman Sanders LLP
Mr. Michael Phillips Virginia Clean Cities
Ms. Staci Phillips Capital One
Mr. Joseph Lee Stiles Parkland Ventures, Inc.
Ms. Devon Tooley Siemens PLM
Mr. Adam Zimmerli Richmond Public Library
Historic Richmond is most fortunate to have a dedicated group of committed Board members, support groups, and volunteers.  Our endeavors would never gain momentum without our support groups.  They help the very small staff achieve strong educational programs and wonderful restoration of buildings.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Cyane Bemiss Crump

Cyane Crump graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 with a degree in history and received a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994. For 19 years, she practiced law with Hunton & Williams LLP, where she was a partner in the Business Practice Group specializing in private equity, fund formation, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions and securities law matters. Prior to joining Historic Richmond Foundation as its Interim Executive Director in February 2015, Ms. Crump had served as a member of its Board of Trustees.

Former CEOs
Mrs. Mary Jane Hogue June 2007 - Jan 2015
Ms. Conover Hunt Jan 2006 - Mar 2007
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 200
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 83
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2016
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2000
Greater Richmond Visitors Bureau2000
Quoit Club

Membership in the Quoit Club gets you an all-access pass to the past, with members-only tours inside some of the most interesting buildings and locations in the city. You’ll mix and mingle with great people, enjoy fantastic food and drink and absorb fascinating expert commentary on Richmond history, architecture and culture. Part Happy Hour and part field trip, there’s nothing quite like a Quoit Club event.

Traditionally, quoits was a game played during the 1820s and 1840s with steel rings and metal spikes–think 19th century horseshoes. Through social gatherings, the Quoit Club supports Historic Richmond’s mission by engaging its members in caring about and for our distinctive built environment: past, present and future.

The season runs from March until October of each year and events typically run from 6 PM until 8 PM. Events are generally scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Members must be at least 21 years of age.

Council of Historic Richmond


Founded in 1959, the mission of the Council of Historic Richmond is to support Historic Richmond through a variety of projects and programs.

The Council prepares its members to be ambassadors for Historic Richmond through self-enrichment gained from programs, tours, research projects and attendance at educational events sponsored by the Council and Historic Richmond. The Council supports a yearly bus trip for membership to gain exposure to various historic properties.

Every year, the Council hosts Historic Garden Day for the Garden Club of Virginia’s Richmond territory. The Council also works with historic neighborhoods to create a walking tour of notable historic homes, where Council members serve as tour guides and hostesses.


Population Served Adults
Budget $11,000.00
We also offer free use of our archives and library for anyone who needs to do research or is studying properties in the area.  Our archives hold information on hundreds of properties in the Richmond City area.  We invite anyone who is interested to browse our library and archives and research their home or any other building of interest.
Population Served Adults
Budget $18,000.00
Short Term Success
Our lecture series and fall trips were first created in the Winter of 2009. Now, after two winters and soon to be two falls of lectures and trips, we have fine tuned the events to bring the maximum number of citizens to come and learn about their city. For the lectures, our numbers grew exponentially and we have every reason to believe the same will happen this fall. As time continues, we will monitor the attendance and learn what has worked best for us.
Historic Richmond's publications are a way to educate the public and promote Richmond's rich architectural legacy to visitors and residents alike. Through these publications, a permanent record of historically significant architecture in Richmond has been created that can be used for generations to come.
Historic Richmond has created and published several books including:
  • Richmond's Fan District
  • Old Richmond Today
  • A Guide to Historic Richmond
  • Church Hill The St. John's Historic District
  • The Church Hill Old and Historic Districts
  • A Field Guide to Built by Blacks
Population Served Adults
Budget $126,000.00
Long Term Success

This 20-year legacy of publishing books to educate the public helping Richmonders know their city better and promotes Richmond's rich historical legacy to visitors and residents alike.  Through these publications, a permanent record of historically significant architecture in Richmond has been created that can be used for generations to come.


Preservation encompasses preventing historic structures from falling victim to decay or demolition; raising awareness about local architectural history; supporting the character and continuity of Richmond’s National and Local Historic Districts.

Preservation helps Richmond keep its voice. It is a multidisciplinary process that drives tourism, improves quality of life and creates stronger communities. Through the use of a revolving fund, Historic Richmond purchases buildings with architectural or historic significance, usually with the goal of later selling the building to appropriate buyers.
Richmond citizens turn to Historic Richmond to help them save the character of their historic districts and important individual structures in jeopardy of demolition. As a preservation nonprofit, raising awareness of issues that our community faces is an essential aspect of our mission.

Historic Richmond currently owns several historic structures and properties, including:

  • Allen Double House, 4 – 6 E. Main Street
  • Monumental Church, 1224 E. Broad Street
  • St. John’s Mews, 2301 – 2303 E. Broad Street
Population Served Families
Budget $166,000.00
Long Term Success
HRF has been saving historic buildings since it's inception in 1935.  With hundreds of saves to our credit, we are the go-to organization when any neighborhood, city member, or government official needs help, advice, or stepping in to save a building.
CEO/ED/Board Comments Since 2007, Historic Richmond has focused on creating new and exciting neighborhood and educational programs. These programs serve both Historic Richmond members and citizens of the community at large. From our continuing lecture series and exhibits to the publication of an updated Church Hill book, our participation in the Anthem Stride Through Time, to our fall bus trips to see preservation elsewhere, Historic Richmond is constantly seeking new ways to reach out to and educate the Richmond community in order to gain support for the preservation of our city.  Historic Richmond has also been involved in building grassroots advocacy at both the city and state levels to promote awareness about the much needed protection of our historic resources.  Historic Richmond does not win all of its battles nor does it fight alone.  Through ongoing collaboration with individuals and other groups, we work toward preserving our city's historic treasures.  As important decisions are made moving forward with the City of Richmond Master Plan, many constituencies are trying to promote our city's growth as a benefit to the public.  At times, it is difficult to gauge achievement or progress in what is essentially a never ending commitment to the enrichment of our city; however, Historic Richmond believes that preserving our aging buildings is more than saving a house-it is investing in the future.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $730,000.00
Projected Expenses $730,000.00
Endowment Value $8,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$300,453$331,857$565,443
Investment Income, Net of Losses$440,591--$400,699
Membership Dues$16,170$18,836$16,561
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$56,220$38,210$18,049
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$597,070$487,868$527,695
Administration Expense$104,699$161,536$147,855
Fundraising Expense$56,315$69,452$81,140
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.340.631.43
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%68%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%21%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$11,230,862$11,016,839$11,565,934
Current Assets$8,725,396$8,404,294$8,870,636
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$33,479$41,705$81,824
Total Net Assets$11,197,383$10,975,134$11,484,110
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities260.62201.52108.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Solicitation Permit 5/2018View
Organization Comments


Historic Richmond completed a strong financial year in 2016, while making great strides in accomplishing our mission to shape the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy.

Due to the dedicated support of our donors and careful management of our operating expenses, Historic Richmond realized an increase in net assets of $259,000 during 2016. We closed the year with a cash and investment balance of $8.6 million. Historic Richmond also has property valued at approximately $2.2 million. Our ending total asset position for 2016 was $11.2 million.

On the revenue side, 100% of our contributions and program revenue were spent on mission-related programs and services. Due to the diligent management of expenses, over 79% of our total expenditures went toward preservation and educational programs and services.

Our Finance Committee is responsible for the financial management of Historic Richmond, including overseeing the investment and management of all funds; approving and monitoring compliance with budgets; and developing long-term financial goals. The Finance Committee oversees the external audit and promotes adherence to a well-established set of internal controls.

Historic Richmond actively invests its resources in the Richmond community by protecting Richmond’s most historically significant structures and places in accordance with our strategic plan. We are grateful for each and every one of our donors, who contribute so generously to Historic Richmond. Every donation is vital to enable us to shape the future by protecting and promoting historic buildings and places that make Richmond unique, beautiful and authentic. We at Historic Richmond are very fortunate to have such a supportive community that celebrates Richmond’s historic built environment.


Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audit
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Smith & Eggleston, P.C.