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William Finnie House

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c. 1770–1780. 1932 and 1952, restoration. Francis St. west of Waller St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

The late eighteenth-century elite taste for geometric play in the planning of houses is expressed most often in Virginia in multipart houses, particularly those that follow the form of a two-story central block flanked by integral lower wings. Williamsburg's Finnie House is probably the earliest of these. Its principal pediment and a largely original porch emphasize that a more literal classicism traveled in company with compositional experimentation.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "William Finnie House", [Williamsburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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