Dutch Goddard’s Journey to Transform a Historic Farm to 15 Luxurious Midlothian Homes
By Jennifer Carter Sowers, Midlothian Lifestyle Magazine – March 28, 2019
Built in 1910 for Edwin and Meade Laird, the original Pinifer Park home and its 25 acres was meant as a rural summer retreat for the couple and their four children, who also had a Park Avenue home in the heart of Richmond. They spent the next several years commuting between the city and their sedate country home when they finally took up permanent residence at Pinifer Park in 1912. Fast forward almost a 100 years later…
Pinifer Park: A former country retreat is getting transformed into an upscale Midlothian community
By Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch – March 24, 2018
Developer and homebuilder Warren “Dutch” Goddard has sized up a lot of land in the course of a career that spans 33 years. Typically, the parcels are heavily wooded, and it can be hard to visualize what the land would look like as a developed community.
The 25-acre parcel of land that would become the Pinifer Park development in Chesterfield County’s Old Gun Road corridor was different.
Pinifer Park is 2012 Designer House
By Ben Orcutt, Richmond.com – Aug 31, 2012
This year’s Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House is Pinifer Park, a 1910 Queen Anne-style home located in Midlothian at 3312 Robious Crossing Drive.
“Every other year, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League finds a fabulous home in the Richmond area to utilize for the designer house, and, if it’s occupied, the owners have to leave, and, if it’s not occupied, then we obviously don’t have as much of an issue,” Maresa Spangler, publicity chairman for the designer house, said.
Intimate and Lovely
By Sande Snead, Richmond Magazine – July 4, 2011
When Edwin and Meade Laird moved permanently into their Midlothian home, Pinifer Park, there was still some work to do. After all, the Queen Anne-style house was the Lairds’ second home, a summer getaway.
They took up residence there in 1912, two years after the home was built, but they would need a heating furnace and insulation installed to make it through the colder months. Edwin and Meade were building a family and transitioning from an urban lifestyle — staying the majority of the year in a rented Park Avenue home in Richmond — to more sedate surroundings.