Gallison Hall, an outstanding example of the so-called James River Georgian style, is an eclectic collage of quotations from venerable Virginia mansions. The two-and-one-half-story block, capped by a steeply pitched slate roof with dormers, recalls Westover. The clustered, square chimney stacks, diagonally set, are reminiscent of Bacon's Castle. The elaborate interiors reference such well-known colonial sources as Westover, Shirley, and Stratford Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Julio Suarez-Galban commissioned Lynchburg architect Johnson to design their country estate, near the Farmington Country Club. The formal but restrained gardens by Richmond landscape architect Gillette complemented the complexity of the architecture. Built for a member of the aspiring twentieth-century gentry, Gallison Hall is an imaginative product of the scholarly, professional, and popular interest in Virginia's architectural heritage, prompted in part by the contemporary restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.
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