Kent-Valentine House

Nestled amidst magnolia in the Monroe Ward district of downtown Richmond stands the Kent-Valentine House, the antebellum residence that is the bustling statewide headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia. Recognized as a splendid example of Greek Revival architecture, the imposing eighteen room residence with its soaring Roman Ionic columns, 14-foot ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows was nearly razed in 1971 before GCV launched the area’s first adaptive-use restoration. 

The Kent-Valentine House has been restored to its 19th century grandeur and renovated to meet the needs of the 21st century. Eighteenth-century furnishings grace the interiors.

Kent-Valentine House History

The Kent-Valentine House is available for club meetings and private events. Between 2018 and the Garden Club of Virginia 2020 Centennial, interior refurbishment will be ongoing. Please contact Quan McGough at or 804-643-4137 to discuss availability. 

(t) Front entrance through gate
(b) Front entrance hall

(t) Left front parlor set for dining
(b) Right front parlor

(t) Dining room into left front parlor
(b) Right rear parlor

Kent-Valentine House . 12 East Franklin Street. Richmond, Virginia 23219 . 804-643-4137