1909 Colonial Revival – Lynchburg, VA

Added to OHD on 6/28/19   -   Last OHD Update: 9/3/20   -   36 Comments
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508 Washington St, Lynchburg, VA 24504

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  • $499,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 6509 Sq Ft
  • 0.53 Ac.
One of the most intact historical homes you will ever come across, this Diamond Hill beauty amazes you as soon as you walk in the door. This home features original unpainetd woodwork galore, original ornate light fixtures (including coordinating sconces and ceiling fixtures), intact original bathrooms with honeycomb floors and wide porcelain sinks, 3 enormous butlers pantry cabinets in the kitchen, hardwood floors throughout and the only time I've ever seen ORIGINAL stenciling and murals (if you see stenciling or murals in almost all rooms, it is original!). This home has only been owned by 2 homes since it was built which now allows the rare opportunity to own such a precious time capsule. A true jaw dropper as soon as you see it with tall wrought iron fence at the front gate to the classic Belgian bond brick exterior. Home also comes with basement apartment currently bringing in $650 a month and lot at 1412 Madison st.
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Victoria Bartholomew, Flint Property Group
(434) 386-3000
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36 Comments on 1909 Colonial Revival – Lynchburg, VA

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  1. BerndBernd says: 47 comments

    I’m speechless. I want this house!

  2. EricHtownEricHtown says: 400 comments

    This is one of the most beautiful houses ever on OHD! I’m in love from top to bottom with every incredible detail.

  3. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2208 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    Can certainly understand why only two families have owned this house so far; once in there, wouldn’t want to sell it! It’s a beautiful house!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Cathy, I feel we are all super lucky to see this house; especially as is. All of the stars have aligned in the firmament for this home. Beyond the house itself, the superlative, generous photography makes it an absolute delight to see.

      Third time being the charm; someone VERY charmed indeed is about to inhabit this magical masterpiece.

  4. BethanyBethany says: 3511 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Ditto the above comments. Just photo after photo of gloriousness. They just kept coming . . .

  5. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1106 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    The dining room is magnificent as is the shot taken down the main stair. WOW.

  6. DaveinqcaDaveinqca says: 12 comments
    davenport, IA

    The architecture of this house is outstanding! Excellent design, amazing details and finishes, and an unbelievable state of preservation. It is simply amazing. I see that it is for sale, and a reasonable price for what it is. In many places the price would double our triple… some place as much as 10x the price. My only worry with a house of such amazing character is that it could be lost in a moment. Please Please Please…. keep the designers and decorators out of this house. So many would see it as a blank canvas just waiting to be changed. It would be such an gift to get to spend a couple hours in this house, just to soak in its amazing glory. WOW. Just WOW.

    • GardenStaterGardenStater says: 260 comments
      1865 Gothic Revival
      Charlotte, NC

      Agreed. The only thing I would do is repaint some of the rooms. And possibly strip the white paint off a few of the built-ins, and restore the original wood finish.

  7. Jan AJan A says: 21 comments

    Gorgeous house. The fireplaces look like they’ve never been used.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A sin if so. The four downstairs are all original, woodburning fireplaces. The coal burners above I get. Musn’t neglect the hearth. πŸ™‚

  8. roxxxroxxx says: 544 comments
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    One thing is the wall treatment. I love that. Does anyone know the name of that finish and where I might learn how to do it?

  9. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Shall we dream?

    Moderated sperg mode.

    Oh my God…….. Seriously? wow…

    I’ve had a few —: but even after just scrolling through all of those A M A Z I N G L Y well captured images, – I’m sincerely astounded. Despite the three beers; this may be T H E most divine house I have – ever – seen.

    Seriously wow.

    I mean – – there is literally so much here to extol: I rather feel like mostly keeping quiet.

    Heheheheheheh πŸ™‚

    Fixtures, fixtures, fixtures: oh my god…

    RAAADDD boiler! πŸ˜‰

    Open these in new tabs to enjoy some big view highlights again if you like:


    My God —–


    Please open link before reading below:
    The uber rad fab original svc. pantry cabinetry you see linked below deserves to be replicated on the other side of that room to some degree; possibly as a sink and dish zone, with maybe some great counter depth pantry space up in there. Imagine the possibilities! You could put a great buffet and Hoosier in there, and maybe some comfy chairs. Nice. One might craft, or have crafted, a generous, appropriately scaled, island / bar. I would personally prefer a big solid, wooden, round table to comfortably seat eight in the middle; maybe with a cool, groovy mash of great, antique, and vintage, collectible chairs rounding it out. How fun would that be?. Sheeesh, who am I kidding; there is easily room in there for BOTH! Heheheheheh.
    So VERY choice. One should move the, (I believe unshown), probably additional wall of s p l e n d e d cabinetry on the now half wall, (was formal svc. pantry), to the other side of that door facing; and just open it Alll the way up. Mmmmmm. I would never advocate for that were it all in original condition, (to include likely having originally been stained wood instead of painted cabinetry πŸ™ ). No matter: they are just gorgeous either way; and painted replicas will cost less. Easy breezy.
    OOooohhhh. What about a big ole black leather banquette in the deep corner back there to go around my round table with half the chairs? Nice!

    Seriously – just ———————-

    This exact house awaits me in heaven.

    Clipped. Thank you Kelly, and possibly other contributors.


  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Oops! This was supposed to be the last link.


  11. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1041 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Is that embossed leather on the entry-hall walls?

    The architecture is sublime; the light-handed decorating lets it shine. For that reason, I would hope the next owner would keep the delicate stenciling and what appears to be nice vintage wallpaper or murals (lily pads and seagulls).

  12. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1121 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    Fantastic example of an early 20th century Georgian Revival mansion. The architect who designed it, J.M.B. Lewis, is credited with several other Colonial Revival houses in the area including his own home at 1314 Clay Street.

    The posted house is listed on the NRHP as part of the Diamond Hill Historic District, which includes a number of other beautiful extant houses.

  13. donnag0919donnag0919 says: 16 comments
    1920 4x4
    Iowa City, IA

    I was sold as soon as I saw that reading nook in the dining room…and all that storage…and the kitchen…I guess everything about this house grabbed me!

  14. BrendanBrendan says: 84 comments
    1975 Ranch - Duplex
    Whiting, NJ

    I would not change a thing, except perhaps to remove the foundation garment hanging from the door know in the one bathroom. πŸ™‚ My new, favorite OHD house.

  15. PaulMPaulM says: 32 comments
    Chicago, IL

    Best house ever!!

  16. ScottScott says: 339 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    Gas light fixtures in a 1909 house?

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Yes! They’re fantastic. They are gas and electric actually. That was common at this time; since elec. was still quite new, and somewhat unreliable. The ceiling fixtures on the ground floor are electric only; but despite that, I believe they are the originals. Most of those same rooms and the hall still have their gas and electric sconces. Only the two front parlors seem to be electric only.

      There are many of us out there who would bleed for the fixtures in this house. The cost to replace them all would be significant; so moving into a house like this where most of the originals are still in place is highly desirable. πŸ™‚

      • sae43351sae43351 says: 23 comments
        1875 Converted Italianate
        Upper Sandusky, OH

        All but one original fixture were missing from my house when I bought it in 1996 (electric sconce in water closet). I bought fixtures on eBay and at auctions in my town and restored them myself. All rooms but two on the first floor have electric gas fixtures now, with the gas being functional on all of them. Total cost was less than $3000. If I had bought them already “restored” cost would have certainly been at least three times that much, if not more. I enjoy restoring old fixtures, and am sad when I see electric gas fixtures where the gas arms have been electrified, often with permanent damage to the gas components.

  17. MichaelMichael says: 2653 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Such a stunning house. You can see the house was well loved. I am curious about the fact there is no off street parking of any kind.

  18. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 260 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    This is a truly magnificent house. I love it.

  19. mhassmermhassmer says: 7 comments
    Midlothian, VA

    I used to live in Lynchburg as a kid rather close to this area of old mansions in the early 80’s. I remember playing with friends in several of them. They were a steal back then & lots of folks rehabbed them. One that I remember particularly had an entryway that opened to a HUGE sunken ‘living room’ with a curved double staircases on either side of the room. Not sure of the architectural term but the ceiling went all the way up to the 2nd floor ceiling height & the halls for the 2nd floor were on the perimeter of that huge open room on the 1st floor. It would probably seem smaller now that I’m an adult, but it certainly made an impression. So many beautiful old mansions in that area. If you are ever nearby, you should check out Diamond Hill.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      One of the more dramatic, interesting, stairways I’ve seen, (linked below), is in Lynchburg.


      • mhassmermhassmer says: 7 comments
        Midlothian, VA

        The house I’m thinking of had 2 massive curved staircases on either side of the sunken room. The 2nd floor hallways were open with railings. We used to throw paper airplanes from the 2nd floor & watch them fly all around that room.

        As I said previously, I’m sure it would seem much smaller now as an adult. If the owners had completed the renovations they started in the 80’s, I’m sure that home is magnificent, now.

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Oh yeah. Sorry. I didn’t think the linked was the house you mentioned; just thought you might enjoy seeing it. πŸ™‚

  20. mhassmermhassmer says: 7 comments
    Midlothian, VA

    Lynchburg & its larger neighboring city, Roanoke are cities that still seems like a small towns. There’s lots of untapped potential in each. I did enjoy looking at the pics & even spent a few hours strolling through the old ‘hood using google earth.

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