c. 1840/1930 – Buena Vista, VA

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Added to OHD on 6/5/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   9 Comments
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31 Confluence Ln, Buena Vista, VA 24416

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  • $47,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2232 Sq Ft
  • 1.5 Ac.
An old Shenandoah Valley gem in the vernacular style of the late Federal period common in western Virginia, with a 1930's rear addition, the original brick section likely dates to the 1840's and awaits restoration.
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Melissa Holland, J.F. Brown Real Estate Services
(540) 464-1776
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9 Comments on c. 1840/1930 – Buena Vista, VA

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  1. LisaNLisaN says: 71 comments
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    1845 Greek Revival
    Ithaca, NY

    Oooooo. Kelly! I want this one as well. This is amazingly wonderful!!!! I really love all of the beautiful wallpaper!

  2. BethsterBethster says: 828 comments
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    1927 Spanish Revival
    Richmond, VA

    I remember my grandmother often mentioning the years when she and my Pop Pop lived in “Byoona” Vista. So I’m going to pretend that this is the house they lived in!

  3. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1025 comments
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    Superb mantelpieces and woodwork! Not surprising, however, given the Flemish bond facade. I think it is probably a tad older than the 1840’s. This little gem appears to be a real sleeper… I hope someone who understands and appreciates it will buy it.

    • says: 118 comments

      You are so right. I do not understand why this is a gem. I would need to take a course in Flemish architecture.

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1025 comments
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        The house is a gem because it retains a lot of good quality, original, features. The first mantelpiece shown, for example, shows lots of ornament and time-consuming detail… all of that cost big bucks back then, just like detail does today. It’s a very sophisticated mantelpiece for a relatively small house.

        The house has not yet been butchered by people whose tastes are shaped by current television programs. That also makes it a gem.

        You don’t need to study Flemish architecture to understand that more complex brick-laying techniques cost much more than the most common and simple ones. Whoever built this house had pockets which were deep enough to splurge on an expensive and time-consuming brick pattern for the exterior. The house had lots of nice features originally and is fortunate to still retain many of them.

        Yeah, it’s a gem.

  4. AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 379 comments
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    1850 Italianate, classical
    New Haven, CT

    Judging purely by the mantel, I thought that the house was unlikely to be very much older than 1840 since Greek Revival mantels were becoming popular by then and were a whole lot easier to build given their simplicity (but then again, I know nothing about the dates that Flemish bond brickwork suggests). But Buena Vista is very rural, and stylistic changes would likely have arrived there later than in major urban areas. I did wonder about what that foamy or cardboard-looking like stuff was behind the mantel in the very last photo–any guesses? It looks like the mantel had been pulled away from the wall and that material inserted, but I don’t know why this might have been done…

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1025 comments
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      This isn’t a Greek Revival Mantel. It’s typical of the Federal period. While it’s true that many styles persisted longer in rural areas than urban ones, Federal details were pretty much passé everywhere by 1840. I’d guess that the stuff behind the mantelpiece in the last photo is some kind of insulation.

  5. JimHJimH says: 5114 comments
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    I agree that it’s a lovely little house, and relatively sophisticated for its time and place. Just two large rooms and two small ones in the original. I’d think seriously about rebuilding the ell for modern systems but either way you’d end up with a fine small home in a pretty area.

    The place is called Riverside, along the South River, originally a farming and iron mining area. The Lexington plow, one of the first iron plows, was produced nearby in 1832. Fifty years later, the Shenandoah Valley Railroad came through with a station here, gone now though it’s still an active Norfolk Southern line.

  6. ebluhmebluhm says: 47 comments

    Whoever took the interior photos had a good eye. And the light seems very good.

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