Monday Sep 25, 2023

Charles F. Gillette, renowned landscape architect

Portrait of Charles F. Gillette early in his career, ca. 1920s, from the Charles F. Gillette Papers at the Library of Virginia.

PETERSBURG — Philanthropist Bill Nicholson who resides in an art-filled High Street row house in historic Old Towne is at it again. The man with an inexplicable fascination with Petersburg is drawing attention to his neighborhood in a marvelous way.

The Library of Virginia, Petersburg Garden Club and Petersburg Public Library will present a free public exhibit sponsored by Nicholson. “Matters of Scale: Charles F. Gillette in Petersburg,” curated by the Library of Virginia, will celebrate the work of the renowned landscape architect.

Nicholson has a special request. He wants fellow Petersburgers to gussy up their gardens and clean up the streets to prepare for thousands of people to ascend on Petersburg.

“This is a wonderful achievement and opportunity for us all to show the beautiful aspects of our city,” Nicholson said.

Virginia Avenue entrance at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg. This blueprint is included in the Charles F. Gillette Papers at the Library of Virginia.

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The exhibition at the Petersburg Public Library will be part of the Petersburg Garden Club’s tour on Tuesday, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the day before it opens to the public.

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