c. 1925 Classical Revival – Suffolk, VA

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220 Pinner St, Suffolk, VA 23434

  • $114,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 4476 Sq Ft
  • 0.3 Ac.
Rare find historic Colonial with 6 bedrooms, formal living and dining room, family room with wood stove. Hardwood floors. Carriage House Brick detached garage. Updated kitchen and master bath. Just minutes from Downtown Suffolk. Ideal for investor or owner occupant looking to build sweat equity
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Bill Eiseman, Long and Foster Real Estate
(757) 623-2500

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27 Comments on c. 1925 Classical Revival – Suffolk, VA

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  1. Phyllis Caldwell says: 40 comments

    Would love the chance to make this lady shine again. Great bones and adore the facade. Great price too!

  2. Kay says: 62 comments


  3. dkzody says: 234 comments

    This house sits in a neighborhood of beautiful old homes.

  4. jeklstudio says: 1051 comments

    Oh, so pretty. Don’t care for the bathroom or kitchen, but easily fixed. That upstairs would make a fabulous studio!

  5. Julles says: 526 comments

    I think with that facade, it is begging for some New Orleans or Charleston style decorating.

  6. Lela says: 3 comments

    This would make a great home with plenty of room for Air bnb rentals!

  7. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    The NRHP registration form for the Suffolk Historic District includes a brief description of this home. The researchers date it to around 1925, which may be plausible given the lack of interior ornamentation. Turn of the century Classical Revivals tended to have interiors that more closely resembled late Victorian design. This temple form Greek Revival inspired exterior style remained popular in the South for decades, and scaled down versions of it continue to be built today, typically labeled something like “plantation style.”

  8. William R. Brooks says: 1 comments

    Good bones, history, wonderful details, and the possibilities make this home a “Gift” to someone that can visualize the gem quality hidden within its walls. The pricing is untouchable is these days and times. I live in Richmond and if it wasn’t for my reality of working on the “Gem”(circa 1911) we were fortunate to purchase 16 years ago, I’d crawl on my knee’s to Suffolk for this beautiful house.Bill Brooks/Richmond,Va.

  9. Angela says: 190 comments

    Very nice and so affordable! I like it except for the bathroom and kitchen, as someone else has commented. I would go with a Swedish Gustavian decorating scheme instead of what is there now.

  10. Diane says: 561 comments

    This is one of those homes you can almost hear the thinking of those that remodeled: “I don’t want to be cold again – let’s put in huge radiators.” “Let’s snake the electric through the gas lines in the wall for sconce lights.” “I don’t care if it’s in front of the windows, I need more kitchen cabinets.” “No more old plumbing for me – put in all new bathrooms.” Not so many difficult fixes and this would again reflect a more original intent.

  11. KevinB says: 116 comments

    great old house. kitchen and baths need to be taken to a more period appropriate design. kitchen would probably work by painting cabinets and putting in new counters and backsplash. price probably reflects a location in a small town with not much of an economy. but what a house.

  12. Sharon says: 2 comments

    How is the house heated? Is it air conditioned? Are the radiators working ? How about the space heaters? I’m very interested but I eyed these questions answered. Do we need to put in central heat and air? Thank you

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You must call the agent, no one here can answer those questions based on the photos we see. Agent contact details are in the information box up top.

  13. Jen says: 73 comments

    Gustavian Style for me as well. Could really lighten up some of the dark places.

  14. Karen says: 1 comments

    Love the stately, however being Southern the
    New Orleans Style would certainly enhance the appeal.

  15. Navy nurse says: 22 comments

    Suffolk is a small (but growing) town. It is only 20-30 minutes to Norfolk/Virginia Beach with jobs, shopping and activities galore. The house does sit in a beautiful neighborhood of large historic homes with many for sale with reasonable price tags.

  16. Kim Mac says: 4 comments

    I love the doors across the front! They are gorgeous! They may not all be useable but how handy for a larger gathering. They probably lose a lot of heat though, and being from Texas i woyld probably turn to an icecycle the first winter.

  17. Scott says: 7 comments

    The multi-light “French” doors across the front likely date to the late 1910s or 1920s; however the house appears to be an 1840s Greek Revival. The form of the house, fenestration, proportions, and details (including several interior mantels) are distinctly of this period. The side-gable would have been stylistically out-dated for later Classical Revival architecture. The detail of the entablature is consistent with that of the Greek Revival period, though it could be a later iteration. Header height of the windows in relationship to the cornice suggests that there has always been a full-height porch or portico present. The square columns are also appropriate to this period, though the capitals appear to have been modified. The three dormers are either earlier or, more likely, later than the existing portico, but almost certainly were not constructed simultaneously. Ultimately, I believe this to be a grand Greek Revival with later Colonial Revival modifications.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

      You may be correct, but all of the homes on that street are documented to be much later. There are Sanborn maps for Suffolk that likely can prove what was here and when, but I cannot find free access. I’m sure someone with better research skills (JimH) could answer that question very quickly. A 1907 “Birds’s Eye” map shows a house with a gable end roof about where this home stands, so I believe it may have been there in some form at that point.

      There are some similar Classical Revival houses that very closely resemble the Greek Revival Temple Form that were built well into the 1930’s. Here’s one right around the corner from me that I’m positive was built in 1939.


      • Scott says: 7 comments

        It would be interesting to learn more about the history and evolution. The house in Summerville falls more closely into the category of Colonial Revival and we certainly see the return of these earlier forms as a part of this style in the 1920s and 1930s- and later. However, we rarely see the return of the correct  Greek Revival window proportions and mantels. While it is not unheard of to have salvaged mantels, it is the mix that I find surprising. The period mantels are located in secondary rooms and those more appropriate to the renovation period are in the public spaces. It is very tdoubtful that anyone would have bothered to place salvaged stone mantels in these rooms. The windows of the Colonial Revival were often less elegant in their length and more square in form. There is evidence that the second level windows at the front have been altered and shortened. This brings into question the portico. Interior doors match the 1906 date, though I am working with an antebellum house now that has had the original decorative panel moldings removed and the doors are nearly indentical. (I do believe that these doors are replacements for an original as the proportion is slightly later)Main level doors appear to be a mix of Georgian Revival six-panel and French doors, both very appropriate to the Colonial Revival style. Many of the casings are Greek Revival in style (though they could easily be later. The images do not show enough detail to really see exactly) while others show a Victorian era bulls-eye corner block and reeded casing. The surrounding buildings are definitely later and relate more closely to the period of these details. Just for fun, I would be very curious to know the real story behind this one!

  18. Brendan says: 84 comments

    Does anyone else think the parlor may once have been two rooms?

    • Kimberly Turner says: 2 comments

      Based on what I have seen in person, I do believe you could be correct. There are actually 2 fireplaces in that room and 2 seperate entrances as well.

  19. Bigrog says: 159 comments

    With some TLC, and remodeled kitchen, this could be a beautiful home. If I had the money I would be interested in it.

  20. Kimberly Turner says: 2 comments

    I currently have a bid in on this home and I love reading the comments everyone has left. Please wish me luck!

  21. Daystar says: 43 comments

    Oh good luck Kimberly:) live about an hour away from Suffolk at the moment. That’s depending on traffic. Lovely older homes in that area, used to be pretty rural, like Smithfield. Let us know how it goes, she’s a grand lady

  22. G.Watson says: 6 comments

    Can anyone tell me if there are any restrictions on someone from the UK buying in America? Is it straight forward? We are seriously considering selling up in the UK, maybe renting here and using our capital to buy one of these gorgeous old homes but are unsure where to buy as we want somewhere where the houses are old/nice design, very affordable, weather not too hot/cold and low crime rate.Also where there is a town or community not too far away. Dont want much I know haha.Anyone have any tips please as they’d be much appreciated as I don’t know where to start! Thanks.

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