What do you get when you mix two magically creative guys with a knack for making wearable art and a historically significant home in Petersburg, VA? One of the most interesting and beautiful homes that I have ever seen…that’s what! Meet Rod Givens and Ignatius Creegan of Ignatius Hats! The were gracious enough to have me over to explore their federal style home and even allowed me to try on a few of their fashionably forward hats (Fellas…the bird hat is a MUST HAVE!).
Q: What can you tell me about the history of your home?
Ignatius: The home was built in 1855. On April 3rd, 1865, the house served as General Grant’s headquarters, where President Lincoln met him here to discuss the end of the war. This was right after the end of the 9-month siege of Petersburg. Ten days later, Lincoln was assassinated.
Q: Where do your beautiful antiques come from?
Rod: From all over the United States because we travel extensively throughout the year. We take our hats to about 10-12 shows a year. Some of the collection also came from my family.
Q: What can you tell us about this fabulous clock in your foyer?
Rod: I’ve never seen another Empire style grandfather clock…it belonged to the previous homeowner and came with the house.
Q: How long have you been renovating your home?
Rod: Since we moved in, about 9 years ago.
Q: What was the first antique hat that you brought home?
Ignatius: A blonde horsehair and straw hat from 1910, that came from Bygones (in Carytown). The horsehair allows the hat to be lightweight and stiff. It’s rare because most horsehair hats are usually black.
Q: Tell us about your favorite item in your home…
Rod: I love paintings and I’ve been collecting them for quite sometime now. My favorite painting is from the 1920’s by an unknown artist that I purchased off of Ebay. Other paintings in our collection are artists such as Jack Lawrence and Martha Upshur.
Q: Describe your style in three words:
Rod: Elegant Hoarder
Q: How did you acquire your amazing antique hat form collection?
Ignatius: The first one was bought in New York in 1985, but some were also given to us. A little later, I bought a small collection from New York. The earliest hat forms we have are from the teens or 20’s.
Q: If people want to learn more about Ignatius Hats, where can they go for more information?
Ignatius: Our website at IgnatiusHats.com
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