Grace Evelyn Arents

Grace Evelyn Arents

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 20 Jun 1926 (aged 77–78)
Lakeside, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 7014698 · View Source
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Philanthropist. She was the niece of wealthy tobacco manufacturer and developer Lewis Ginter and inherited much of his fortune. She personally financed construction of Richmond's Saint Andrew's Church in 1903 and the first free-circulating library in Richmond in 1899. She financed the tuition-free Saint Andrew's school in 1901 and built the first subsidized housing units in Richmond. Her obituary in the Richmond "News Leader" stated that it would be impossible to list all of the "libraries, recreational centers, schools, churches, hospitals, and similar institutions" that she had funded. Her home, Bloemendaal, would eventually become the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. A fiercely private woman, she refused to be photographed or have her portrait painted, and seldom appeared in public.

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