Tiffany Art and Architecture at TikTok on December 5


PETERSBURG – The 6th Annual Battersea Foundation Vacation Home Tour: “Art & Architecture from Tiffany to TikTok” will be held this Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

The visit which includes historical monuments is a must. It will showcase a vast eclectic collection of stunning artwork as you weave your way through historic Petersburg and its architecturally significant homes and buildings decorated for the holiday season.

Original artwork by sensational artist TikTok Devon Rodriguez the “Subway Sketcher” on display in historic Battersea in Petersburg for their annual Vacation Home Tour.

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Ticket holders can view original artwork by TikTok superstar Devon Rodriguez the “Subway Sketcher,” who was a recent guest on The Today Show. His original paintings and sketches of people on the New York City subway have earned the artist more than 20 million subscribers on TikTok. Rodriguez’s first public exhibition in the Southeast will take place in Battersea at 1289 Upper Appomattox Street during the tour.

The Old Towne portion of the tour is within walking distance; however, carts will operate throughout the afternoon to help ticket holders reach the destinations included in the 5 hour tour.

Martha Burton, Battersea Board Member, who is Director of Tourism for the Petersburg Area Tourism Company, is delighted with this year’s tour.

“This is truly a fascinating and unique Christmas home visit because of the extraordinary variety of art that will be shared and the amazing architecture, but there will always be some lovely holiday decorations,” Burton said.

Burton provided the following information on Tiffany’s Battersea Art & Architecture Tour to TikTok:

Petersburg's historic courthouse is featured in the award-winning mosaic created by Cindy Haynie of Appomattox Tile Art located in the atrium of the Petersburg Public Library.

Petersburg’s historic courthouse is featured in the award-winning mosaic created by Cindy Haynie of Appomattox Tile Art located in the atrium of the Petersburg Public Library.

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You may want to start your tour at the atrium of the Petersburg Public Library, where you will see a large and unique award-winning mosaic that visually presents the history of Petersburg created by Cindy Haynie of Appomattox Tile Art.

The Appomattox Tile Art located in a Beaux-Arts building from 1918 that was once a Ford Model-A assembly plant located on W. Bank Street is also included in the tour.

Strawberry Hill, located behind the library in a peaceful pecan plantation, is part of the tour. The architectural gem built in 1792 in a tripartite Palladian form is now a charming bed & breakfast and event space. In 1800, when acquired by William Haxall, a two-story addition was added to each wing. The woodwork in the living room is exquisite.

Strawberry Hill Dining Room in Petersburg.

Strawberry Hill Dining Room in Petersburg.

From here you will find art in all directions. A very special High Street townhouse, beautifully appointed, has a Banana surfboard from the Tim Bessell Andy Warhol series, a painting by Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s mother of children, and artwork by Frank Sinatra, Roy DeForest, Samuel Richardson, Catherine Venable and Cynthia Erdahl.

You will be struck by the pace of progress in the restoration of Battersea, both outside and inside. The Battersea Board of Directors is very excited to present the works of Rodriguez who is rocking TikTok right now, and the art world is definitely taking note.

Did you get up and look at the trapeze house outside and inside? Due to the peculiarities of the servant of the first owner, the house was built without right angles. Upon retirement, Petersburg judge Oliver Pollard used this house as an art studio.

Bill Nicholson's house on the High Street in Petersburg.

Bill Nicholson’s house on the High Street in Petersburg.

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Two of the churches in Bristol Parish, formed in 1643, will welcome visitors. Historic Blandford Church built in 1735-1737 on Petersburg’s highest point, Wells Hill, will share its 15 magnificent Tiffany windows designed and built between 1904 and 1912.

The church is surrounded by Blandford Cemetery, the second largest in Virginia, where burials continue. The oldest marked grave is 1702. It has one of the finest cast and wrought iron fences in the United States, as well as an extraordinary collection of funerary art.

Descendants of Christopher Branch visit McIlwaine House in Petersburg in June 2019.

Descendants of Christopher Branch visit McIlwaine House in Petersburg in June 2019.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Old Towne will also be open. It was built in 1855-1857 and has a magnificent sanctuary.

The McIlwaine House, a favorite filmmaker location where Spielberg’s Lincoln was filmed, is included in the Vacation Home Tour. In addition to the gorgeous bedrooms, the owner’s art collection includes a painting by Grandma Moses, Children at Play, a remarkable three-quarter-length portrait of Dolley Madison, and Prisoner of War Art Elba of Napoleon’s Guards.

Just up the street, located on land purchased from Robert Bolling, is the Historic Farmers’ Bank, one of the oldest bank buildings in the United States. It is fascinating to see the heavy safe that was in the cashier’s office during office hours and lowered into the safe under the first floor at night. The press and plates used to print the change will also be on display.

The courtyard behind the bank was frequently used in the PBS series Mercy Street.

A painting by Robert Buckner Bolling hangs in the main hallway of the Center Hill Mansion Museum in Petersburg.

A painting by Robert Buckner Bolling hangs in the main hallway of the Center Hill Mansion Museum in Petersburg.

Just up the hill, Center Hill, the home of the Bolling family, will be open and beautifully decorated for the holiday season. This elaborate house from 1823 was the home of the Greene family on Mercy Street. All three floors are open for viewing and you’ll love the breathtaking woodwork in the central hall.

In the heart of the Old Town, at 7 E. Old Street, the Petersburg Area Art League will host its annual Trees of Christmas exhibit during the tour.

Sign at the entrance to Villa Battersea in Petersburg.

Sign at the entrance to Villa Battersea in Petersburg.

All proceeds from the “Art & Architecture from Tiffany to TikTok” ticket will be used to continue the restoration of historic Battersea.

Burton and the Battersea Board invite Progress-Index readers to view the showcase of incredibly diverse art offerings and the rich architectural history that lives on in Petersburg.

“We hope it will be a rewarding vacation experience for all who attend,” said Burton.

On the left, artist Catherine Venable describes her “The Page Turner” painting on display at the Petersburg Area Art League in April 2021.

Left, artist Catherine Venable describes her painting “The Page Turner” on display at the Petersburg Area Art League in April 2021.

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Parking is available behind the Petersburg Public Library in Washington and Market Street.

To kick off the holidays and support the continued restoration of the magnificent 18th-century villa, purchase $ 25 tickets at eventbrite.com, at Abigail’s Antiques in Old Towne, or on visit day at the Petersburg Public Library.

Visit batterseafound.org for more information and for any questions regarding the tour, call (804) 732-9882.

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