Rice House (Richmond, Virginia)

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Rice House
Rice House entrance.jpg
Entrance to the property
Rice House (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Rice House (Richmond, Virginia)
Rice House (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the United States
Rice House (Richmond, Virginia)
Location1000 Old Locke Lane, Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°33′20″N 77°31′3″W / 37.55556°N 77.51750°W / 37.55556; -77.51750Coordinates: 37°33′20″N 77°31′3″W / 37.55556°N 77.51750°W / 37.55556; -77.51750
Area4.5 acres (1.8 ha)
ArchitectRichard Neutra, et al.
Architectural styleInternational Style
NRHP reference #99000369[1]
VLR #127-5810
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 30, 1999
Designated VLRDecember 2, 1998[2]

The Rice House in Richmond, Virginia is a residence designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra and built in the mid-1960s on Lock Island in the James River. Since 1999 the house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The house is notable as being the only house in Richmond built in the International Style.

Characteristic of many of Neutra's houses, the architecture features strong horizontal elements detailed in what appear to be concrete, but are actually faced wood and steel beams. The 6,000 square foot house is made of marble from Georgia and is stretched out along a granite ridge running parallel to the river. Perched 110-feet above the James River, the living room of the Rice House offers a view overlooking Williams Dam. Fenestration is provided by expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors. Other details of the house follow the International Style: exterior railings, balconies and layered, flat roofs.


The Rice House is named for Walter Lyman Rice (1903–1998), a retired top executive of the Reynolds Metals Company who served as United States Ambassador to Australia from 1969 through 1973, and his wife, Inger, a native of Denmark, who commissioned Neutra in 1962. Construction took place between 1962 and 1965.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.archiplanet.org/wiki/Rice_House,_Richmond,_Virginia