Gray & Pape’s Richmond office is located within the residential and commercial complex associated with the Old Stone Row at Shockoe Valley Heights development at the corner of East Franklin and North 21st Streets.
Situated in what is now the Shockoe Valley and Tobacco Row Historic District, the office vicinity is one of the earliest focal points of historic settlement within the City of Richmond. Following the relocation of Virginia’s capital from Williamsburg to Richmond in 1780, the Shockoe Valley area grew quickly in order to accommodate the rapidly expanding tobacco trade market. The processing of tobacco within central Virginia from field to market reached its height in the 1840s, with a local Richmond newspaper describing one of larger storage warehouses as being 2.5 acres in size. The neighborhoods surrounding these warehouse structures contained a diverse mix of commercial enterprises including a public marketplace, numerous taverns, shops, and hotels. Today, while many of the remaining tobacco warehouse structures have been repurposed for residential living, the Shockoe Valley neighborhood retains its busy commercial setting.