Was homeowner targeted when historic wall was destroyed?

Posted on: 8:46 am, February 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:23pm, February 7, 2014

1800 block of E Grace Street (PHOTO:  Richmond Police Lt. Daniel Minton)

1800 block of E Grace Street (PHOTO: Richmond Police Lt. Daniel Minton)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Richmond Police want to hear from anyone who knows what damaged a ‘historic wall’ off the 1800 block of E. Grace Street.

Richmond Police Lt. Daniel Minton tweeted out a photo of the damaged wall along with a plea for information.

“This historic wall off the 1800 blk of E Grace Street suffered extensive damage. Contact me if u have any info,” Lt. Minton tweeted. “Someone had to have seen or at least heard something. They just need to give us a call.”

The wall, located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, surrounds one of the oldest homes in Richmond — the Adam Craig House.

“It is the west property wall at the Adam Craig House which my wife and I still own,” Charles Macfarlane confirmed via email. He said he rents the property out to tenants.

“We discovered early yesterday morning that most of the wall fell into Wallis’ Alley. Based on a conversation with one of our tenants, we believe it happened around 4 – 5 a.m.,” said. “I am also filing an insurance claim as I estimate the loss at between $150,000 and $200,000.”

Macfarlane, who supports the building of a Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium, said the wall came down one day after he placed two “I Support Shockoe Ballpark” signs on the property.

“My company is one of the private developers slated to build a Hyatt hotel planned for the project,” he said.  “I have filed a police report and it is my understanding that they are investigating.”

Chad Harvey. who owns River City Segs, called the Craig house a huge tourist attraction. “It’s a little disappointing to come in and see how it’s been either…I don’t know…vandalized or just kind of falling a part a little bit,” Harvey said.

“That’s a lot of damage for someone just to come by and like rip down a brick wall,” Harvey added. “It would be hard for me to believe that’s what happened.”

Macfarlane isn’t the only one in the neighborhood with signs up in support of the proposed project. CBS6 asked Richmond police if they thought he was being targeted.

“I know that’s one of his concerns,” Captain Roger Russell, with Richmond Police, said. “And I certainly understand why he’s feeling like that.”

“What I can tell you with confidence though it that we have not received any other complaints in this area, and there’s a lot of signs up,” he said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Richmond Police.

25 comments

  • Dwight'sWay says:

    Surely Da Mayor and Coalition of Lobbyists/Donors can “use” this as
    in their secreted Promotionals Campaigns. for DWIGHT’S WAY.
    See one Media “Partner” has already picked it up.

  • Sounds like a FLEECING OF AN INSURANCE COMPANY……

  • Where’s those PRISON Bricks when you need them…ASK ETHYL

  • HAS the SMELL OF PORK …I thought we had to wait til October for High on the Hog……I personally like mine with c-slaw…Sounds more like someone trying to obtain and sell 150 yr. old bricks…simple vandalism..they got me as well …

  • As well at St. John’s Church but he got caught after the third time digging up the sidewalk by RPD.

  • Joe says:

    $150-200K …yeah right! Someone’s looking for a payday!

  • KiloLee says:

    “between $150,000 and $200,000.”

    ….There’s no way in hell the wall is worth anything more than the bricks and mortar used.

    Just because something is old, doesn’t actually increase it’s value.

  • Chris says:

    perhaps the sign he put up cause the collapse of the wll

  • M.L. Adams says:

    “… I estimate the loss at between $150,000 and $200,000…”

    This is a joke…right? A section of brick wall, maybe ten or fifteen feet long? And isn’t it amazing…the ball park project hasn’t been approved yet (and if the citizens of the city have their way, never will be) but this man’s company is already slated to build a Hyatt hotel planned for the project?

  • Clayton Lonetree says:

    Duh, its called freezing and thawing ice, old brick and mortar, and gravity. This guy is trying to jam his insurance company, because he didn’t brace an old wall. Unless somebody got really lucky and just happened to pull out the one brick that was holding it all together. Most people could care less about that stadium, unless you are a developer of course who wants a big payday off the city.

  • Manalishi says:

    Reeks of insurance fraud. The base of the wall still has an unsafe 100 year old lean.

  • Beth says:

    Its’ not only a wall, but a retaining wall holding back thousands of pounds of dirt. See how the level of the ground is much higher in the yard than in the alley. Thousands of pounds of pressure have been pushing on that wall for 100 years. Add our extreme cold this year and one day that wall would fall. I find it very divisive of him to blame that on anti-stadium folks.

    • BO says:

      People always think conspiracy when it just may have been someone who was having a bad day.the estimate tells me this man should be investigated for fraud.

      • I blame it on Tad (Lincoln’s son)….but then again he died 2 years before the invasion of Richmond.despite the City’s assertion w/ the monument at Tredagar (sp) that he sat on a bench with his dad Abe in the final days of the CWar…….It may have been the British who occupied Richmond..( see marker on 22nd Street) during the war of 1812 for a few days. I blame it on the Ghost of Richmond and the caving in of Churchill from the underground train tunnel….SAVE THE HISTORY OF CHURCHILL and not deface it!!! Where’s Poe when you need him??

    • Beth, your logic appears to be some what flawed.. There was not any dirt in the debris,no hydrostatic pressures at work here..The wall would have failed from below ground level….What you saw on TV was the tiering of the slope to keep the pressures down on the vertical height of the wall due to the poor mortar characteristics available at that time(lots of sand but very little Portland cement (very expensive at that time period)…It is what it is…2 legged mischief. Ask any civil engineer for an engineers prospective on the issue.Sorry ( 25 year resident of the Hill)

  • Seigementality! says:

    Corrupt’shun! Corruptshone, corrupshown! Welcome to Detrocagomond! But it is not nice to state the obvious.

  • Glen Allen says:

    This guy is on the Board of Venture Richmond. Sounds like hype to get people to think that the anti-stadium folks did it, or an excuse to give the insurance company as to why someone would do this. Funny how he is all protective of his old wall, but all for destroying the other historic area.

    • Salamonskee's associate says:

      Maybe he paid someone to tear it down so he could play the victim. Since he is having to rent out his house since he couldn’t sell it I guess he really needs for the development to go through.

  • Salamonskee's associate says:

    I’m not sure what’s worse – the possible fleecing of the insurance company or the lame attempt to pin this on the citizens of Richmond who dared to ask for full disclosure on the stadium to avoid getting fleeced like his insurance. These people will do anything to pay for their lifestyles. Sounds like the McDonnells. Oh, wait, he is friends with the McDonnells. Hmmm. . . Wonder if he had any part in getting the Gov to throw $11 million in state tax money at the development where he stands to make a brick load of money. Hmmmm

  • Tom Jensen says:

    All developers estimate high. Hey if anyone knows how to knock down a wall, it’s this guy.

  • Drama,drama drama……….$1,500 job to repair….. guys and gals

  • TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ON YOUR TREES TO SHOW THE CITY THAT THIS BALL_PARK is flawed from the “get go”.Call Tyler Porterfield of the city’s Architecture Review Committee about the poor location and inappropriateness of the “PROJECT”…..Unite or we lose

  • By the way …there is STATE MONEY involved…CALL YOUR DELEGATE TO VOICE YOUR DISAPPROVAL!!!!!

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