About Us

The Monument Companies (Monument) are a controlled group of companies that provide fully integrated real estate development, construction and property management services to clients across Virginia.  Monument, headquartered in Richmond, VA, was founded in 1998 by Chris Johnson and Tom Dickey. Monument is active in its own internal development and joint ventures, and also performs fee based development and/or construction services for other leading developers.
While Monument is involved in all types of development, including new construction and commercial, it is an industry leader in urban multi-family and mixed-use Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit projects.  Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HTC) projects present unique challenges and require specialized knowledge of the National Park Service’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  Monument has successfully completed over $150 million of HTC projects and has never failed to place a project in service in the desired tax year and achieve final National Park Service approval.  The company has internally developed and manages a real estate portfolio valued in excess of $200 million.While Monument occasionally does smaller projects, our typical project sizes range from five to fifty million dollars.


Development & Consulting

  • Conduct highest and best-use analyses
  • Manage entitlement work, such as zoning, title, and environmental requirements
  • Create partnerships, including joint-venture models, if appropriate
  • Secure project financing and maximizing incentive programs by leveraging our expertise in federal, state, and local historic tax credit and related programs
  • Complete architectural and engineering design
  • Implement rigorous planning and due diligence so time and money aren’t wasted once construction begins


  • Ground up new construction
  • Historic Rehabilitation
  • Multi Family
  • Mixed Use
  • Medical
  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Tenant Buildout
  • Fast Track
  • Design Build


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  • Manage day-to-day operations of a comprehensive real-estate portfolio, including both wholly owned and joint venture residential and commercial properties
  • Provide leasing, maintenance, capital improvements, and other elements of property management
  • Maximize property portfolio’s financial performance by keeping clients happy—and units rented


The two founders of Monument, Chris Johnson and Tom Dickey, met the first day of their freshman year at Virginia Tech in 1990.  They have complementary backgrounds for understanding the highly technical aspects of development and construction, as well as the broad based knowledge of growing a successful business.  Tom Dickey, an engineer, has utilized his extensive construction experience with Beers Skanska, Inc. (one of the top 10 largest contractors in the world) in building a highly disciplined and organized construction team.  Chris Johnson, formerly with top international public accounting firms PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, oversees the finances of the company as well as its real estate portfolio, drawing upon his consulting and public accounting background to put in place a sound business and development strategy.