December | 2020
What's the 2501?
We are preparing for a very different December at The Branch this year, but it is all designed to lift spirits and brighten our corner of Richmond – virtual can be fun, and we want you to join us! First off, we have our 2nd Annual Branch Holiday Celebration and fundraiser. The Branch House was built as a Holiday House, and in that spirit, we are celebrating virtually on December 17th. We’ll share Branch family stories (learn where John Kerr Branch stashed his alcohol during Prohibition), and tour public and private rooms in the Branch House. Celebrate with us and learn how people celebrated 100 years ago. – It’s going to be a fun celebration to kick off your holidays!

Looking for a fun activity that gets you out of the house? The Branch will be participating in the Fan District Association’s virtual holiday house tour in December.  Drive past and enjoy the House, and you can vote with a donation to The Branch that will help us keep our virtual programming going while we plan for the day when we open our doors again to the public!

And, don’t miss Wednesday’s webinar on our ongoing restoration. Next year Santa will have a smooth new copper roof to land on at The Branch, so catch up on just how this complex series of roofs and trim is getting a new life for a second century. The restoration webinars are moderated by the architects from Glavé & Holmes Architects – Historic Preservation Studio. 
Penelope C. Fletcher
Executive Director
Virtual Holiday Fundraiser!
2020 Branch Holiday Celebration
December 17 | 6:30 PM
101 years ago the Branch family moved into this architectural treasure, the Branch House on Monument Avenue, and in December 2020, the Roaring 20’s were just beginning. We are concluding this extraordinary year with a Branch Holiday Celebration and a virtual return to those historic times.
We will be broadcasting live from The Branch Museum, December 17 at 6:30 PM. As 2020 draws to a close, join us for a fun-filled evening! Branch family descendants will bring you through the home to rooms not always seen by the public and share stories about the family’s holidays at the house. There will be an auction with a winner announced during the broadcast. You will also get a chance to see some of the amazing Gingerbread Design Competition entries on display!
If you live in Richmond, you can get a Party Box filled with hors d’oeuvres that you will be able to pick up before the event. Enjoy some treats as you sit back and are transported to the holiday season festivities at The Branch House.
Learn more about this opportunity to explore Richmond's premiere "holiday house" by buying tickets or sponsorships. Don't miss this special event!
Holiday House Tours are Back!
Join us at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for an architectural tour of the historic home, The Branch House. Learn how the Branch family celebrated the holidays and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark.
Gingerbread Design Competition:
Deadline Extended!

The registration deadline has been extended! Now, registration ends December 4th at 5:00 PM. You still have some time to get your team together and start brainstorming. Enter solo or get your friends and family involved. Make sure to read our details and rules!
This webinar series offers an in-depth look at the restoration of The Branch House on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The Branch House, designed by John Russell Pope, is of national significance architecturally. Enjoy the opportunity to explore areas of the House that are never open to the public. Learn from some of Virginia’s best artisans, craftsmen, architects, architectural historians and Branch family members as you go on a five-part journey of exploration through the restoration of one of Richmond’s outstanding architectural treasures. 
All webinars in this series are eligible for 1.0 AIA Learning Unit for attending. Please check the descriptions of individual webinars for more information and follow the questions upon registration. You will only get credit for attending the LIVE webinar.
December 2 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The roof and windows are defining features of the Branch House. The diamond patterned windows enhance the medieval character of the building, the exterior woodwork relied on skilled craftsman to make adjustments on-site like medieval carpenters, and the roof system is a series of pitches with slate and flat surfaces now with modern coatings. But these features are more than beautiful; they have to keep water out and their wear is showing. Our panel of experts will discuss the challenges of repairing building elements that pose the greatest risk to water infiltration that can either be highly visible or obscured.
  • Sam Daniel, Daniel & Co.
  • Walter M. Dotts III, Trustee - Old House Authority, and great-grandson of John Kerr Branch and Beulah Gould Branch
  • Maurice Franck, Saunders Roofing 
  • Brad Jones, Buckingham Slate

  • Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., Glavé & Holmes Architecture
Registration is "pay-what-you-can"
AIA Continuing Education Provider
The Branch House Series Sponsor
Architecture in Dialogue, The Branch House, and Dialogue with Artists Series Sponsor
The Branch Museum thanks you for all your support during this time. We are able to continue creating experiences like this because of people like you!
Celebrate Your Petite Wedding at the Branch!
With weddings becoming more of an intimate gathering, the Branch Museum provides the option for a smaller wedding without sacrificing the beauty of the venue, the décor or the significance. Our petite wedding packages contain all the elements of a traditional wedding but with a smaller budget.

Stay tuned for more on our Petite Wedding Packages
The Branch Museum
of Architecture and Design
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 655-6055