Queen Anne – Boydton, VA (George F. Barber)

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Added to OHD on 4/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   20 Comments
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National Register

579 Washington St, Boydton, VA 23917

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  • $295,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 4077 Sq Ft
  • 3.5 Ac.
GRAND VICTORIAN C 1812 QUEEN ANNE ON 3.5 AC IN HISTORIC BOYDTON. Cast iron fence originally at Court House Square. The magnificent porch surrounds the entire front of the house with large gazebo corner bay. The large foyer has a grand stairway and beautiful accents. Original mantels, moldings and wainscoting throughout the house. The historic integrity has not been compromised. Dining room with glass crystal chandelier and built-in cabinets. First floor Master bedroom and tiled bath with soaking tub and separate shower. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Three additional bed rooms, two baths and living room on 2nd floor. Three fireplaces with gas logs. Many other features too numerous to mention. Must see. Priced to sell!
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Lise Burnett, Century 21 On The Lake
434-374-2279
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20 Comments on Queen Anne – Boydton, VA (George F. Barber)

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is a reader share.

    The 1812 build date is wrong. I saw another of 1912, which would have been too late. Maybe this is suppose to be 1892 or 1902? Chris sent this in so perhaps he’ll be by to let us know.

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    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      Kelly, The 1812 date is probably inaccurate, but it appears there’s another house in Boydton, credited to George F. Barber, with an interesting story. It was supposedly originally a 1790’s log cabin that was expanded to a 1830’s farmhouse, and then remodeled into a Queen Anne mansion, evidently designed by Barber.

      982 Jefferson St. “On-the-Hill” –
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/universalpops/4594904731/

      From the NRHP mention…
      Further west, yet another Queen Anne house (173-5001-0126), 982 Jefferson, is highlighted among the other revival homes. George B. and Alice Marrow Finch hired the popular contractor Jacob Holt in the early 1880s to remodel “On the Hill.” He transformed the early 19Ih century farmhouse into a Queen Anne mansion, which perched atop a hill overlooking the future site of Boydton’s public
      schools.

  2. Zann says: 548 comments

    The street view for this one is quite…. atmospheric.

    1892 seems more accurate than 1812.

    But, that being said…. I wouldn’t change a single thing about this house. Not one. It’s perfect as is. I see a lot of houses I like, but it’s rare to see one I know I would almost certainly buy. This falls into the latter. I don’t need 4,000 sqf, but I don’t care. I’d find a way to use it.

    Wonder if the dumb waiter is painted shut. Looks like the silver/table linen cabinet is not, so hopefully it still works, as well.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      That just might be the greatest street view out there right now!

      I am a sucker for a dumbwaiter but I suspect that might be a pass-through with a sliding cover we’re seeing, given the location of the kitchen.

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  3. Joy Cesario says: 6 comments

    This home is absolutely gorgeous! Had me at the picture of the porch swing on the rotunda! I would only add one thing, an elevator for my husband. Love the bench near the stairs. AWESOME!

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  4. KC says: 14 comments

    Truly beautiful. Well done!

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  5. CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

    Talk about a house with a confusing build date. Even the NRHP nomonation for the Boydton Historic District has conflicting dates, neither of which seems right…

    “In 1912, the contractor Joseph Wilkerson built an
    impressive Queen Anne dwelling at 579 Washington (173-5001-01 11)”

    579 – Washington Street
    Date: 1875 ca
    Architectural Summary: frame house with widow’s walk; hipped center with gable projections; dormers and roundheaded casement windows; pedimented porch roof; turned post balustrades; 2-story bay NE comer; turret on SE comer; composite ionic columns supporting roof; CONTRIBUTING. Carport; NON-CONTRIBUTING. Shed;
    NON-CONTRIBUTING.

    https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Mecklenburg/173-5001_Boydton_Historic_District_2002_Final_Nomination.pdf

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  6. Christine says: 8 comments

    I LOVE IT.

  7. David Hoffman says: 3 comments

    I’d have serious reservations about this being a Barber house. The following is information I pieced together in 2010:

    Boydton in Mecklenburg County, Virginia has an unusually large number of old houses for a town of about 500. Part of Boydton Historic District, this wood Queen Anne was built by Joseph Wilkerson, a contractor, in 1912. The front façade has both a gable and a dormer projecting from the central hip roof, each with a round-headed casement window. A two-story bay is marked by the gable projection, containing large windows on both levels; these windows are six panes wide of two different sizes, 12 smaller on top and 6 longer on the bottom. Brick steps lead to the porch entrance, which is pedimented; this entrance is flanked on both sides by a turned post balustrade. The porch is wraparound—the main porch and a small portion extending back from the gazebo-like bay, domed with a finial. The bay divisions of the porch are marked by wooden, fluted Ionic column supports for the roof. The single door entrance has sidelights and a segmented transom. On top of the house is a widow’s walk. The cast iron fence with gate was the one-time fence for the Courthouse Square in Boydton to keep cows off the lawn. The Boydton Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places May 16, 2002 with reference #02000511

    The house, on a 1.63 acre lot, apparently has been sold. It has 3,844 square feet; online realtor information states 4 or 6 bedrooms, and 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 baths. Online information also lists the date of the house as 1905. It also lists the contractor as Wilkinson rather than Wilkerson. The perennial question—how credible is information online? The foundation of my information is from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Mecklenburg/173-5...

    13 exterior photos– https://www.flickr.com/photos/universalpops/albums/72157629509112317

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  8. Amy P. says: 237 comments

    Be still my heart… what a beautiful home!!!

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  9. Chris DiMattei says: 274 comments

    David, I can assure you that this home in Boydton, is an example of a published Barber design. As is the sister Barber designed home called “On The Hill”, also built in Boydton, for the Finch family. Both homes appear to be examples of Barber designs published in the mid to late 1890’s. Let’s start with this home. If you click on the link below, you will arrive at a Flickr image I posted of the first published version of this particular design.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/11769785@N05/41582633891/

    As you can see the published design is a pretty close match. Barber later published another version of this same design, beginning with the “Modern Dwellings” series of pattern books, that looked like this.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/11769785@N05/26714342587/

    So basically, George Barber published a version of this particular design from 1894 until about 1908. And although I could not find any definitive record of this home’s year of construction, I speculate that it was built around the turn of the century, or thereabouts. I will add that the “Online” information claiming 1905 as the year of construction, seems plausible given the more “Colonial” look of the verandah.

    Regarding the other Boydton gem, “On The Hill”, it appears to be a very close match to this published Barber design, which Barber published, beginning in 1896.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/11769785@N05/39774922450/

    I hope this clears things up for you.

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    • CharlestonJohn says: 1126 comments

      Chris, What do you make of the “On-the-Hill” house reportedly being a remodel and expansion of an older farmhouse? It would seem a good deal of work would be needed to adapt an extant structure to a plan book design. I assume it’s more likely the older house was razed and the Barber plan built in its place.

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      • Chris DiMattei says: 274 comments

        It is certainly possible that an older home was converted to the Barber design. I have uncovered that in past research. But in this case, I agree with you that it is more likely that the older home was either demolished or moved to make way for the newer Barber design. I have read the national register nomination documentation regarding the Finch house (AKA “On The Hill”), and there are some inaccuracies in that text. The author of that text claims that the current house configuration was constructed in the early 1880’s, but that is not possible, because we know that the current house was built to a Barber design that Barber created in the mid 1890’s. So I guess what I am saying is that the part about the renovation of an older structure could be suspect as well. JMHO.

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    • David Hoffman says: 3 comments

      Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the links and the explanation. I can feel free to label my photos now as a Barber home.

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  10. Tommy QTommy Q says: 462 comments
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    1875 Eastlake
    Ione, CA

    The overhead shot for the address given — 579 Washington St, Boydton, VA 23917 –sure doesn’t look like the house. Is the only access to the attic via a ladder? Lovely home would like to see more.

    Okay, found it a bit north of where the address led to.

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  11. Derek says: 37 comments

    Look at the September 2008 street view of the house. The upstairs is boarded up, and there’s a large dumpster parked on the driveway. Hope it was just renovations. https://goo.gl/maps/1pNmV2Bn4i52

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  12. Has this house been featured on this site before (as in 6-8 months ago)? I swear I’ve seen it before because I recognize pictures 9, 10, and 25. Maybe I’m making stuff up again. I didn’t realize it was a Barber, though. As with all the other Barber designs I’ve seen, it’s both quite lovely and rather practical in its use of space and built-in storage. This house is definitely one of my favorites on the site! (Not surprising, though, as I seem to gravitate to the Barber designs.)

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