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Le Lafayette Restaurant (The Chimneys)

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The Chimneys
c. 1771. 623 Caroline St.

Caroline Street (known as Main Street from c. 1880 to c. 1960) from the 500 block through the 1000 block is a vital commercial street. As part of the city's enlightened planning, doctors' and lawyers' offices have not been allowed to congregate, and many buildings still have shops at street level and living quarters above.

The large five-bay house named for prominent chimneys that act as sculptural embellishments against the wooden clapboard was constructed for John Glassell, who returned to his native Scotland when the Revolution broke out. The interiors are impressive, especially the southwest parlor, where the woodwork includes carved swags and garlands on the chimneypiece and latticework friezes. The house was saved by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, which sold it with covenants to a restaurant.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Le Lafayette Restaurant (The Chimneys)", [Fredericksburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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