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Boar's Head Inn and Development

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1960 and later, Johnson, Craven and Gibson. South side of U.S. 250 West (2.2 miles west of Charlottesville)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

The Boar's Head development is dominated by the Boar's Head Inn, designed by Charlottesville architects Floyd Johnson, Thomas Craven, and David Gibson. A Colonial Revival confection that far exceeds in scale anything from the eighteenth century, the main lodge is an overscaled one-and-one-half-story Virginia house. The interiors, such as the main dining room and taproom, possess fine detailing. Many of the immediately surrounding buildings that house shops and offices, designed by the same firm, are re-creations of various eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Virginia vernacular structures. Once sneered at by critics and historians as out of date with regard to mid-twentieth-century modernism, this complex shows how the Colonial Revival survived.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Boar's Head Inn and Development", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 164-165.

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