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Lee Hall

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1848–1859. Yorktown Rd. (VA 238, south of VA 143 near U.S. 60)

Lee Hall was built as a fashionable plantation house by Richard Decatur Lee. It was conceived as a two-and-one-half-story block, with accommodation for service in the relatively elevated ground floor. The roof was intentionally kept low, and understated grayish-brown brick was chosen to emphasize the Italianate porches and cornice, the latter with jigsawn brackets and turned pendants. Rooms flanking a central passage on all three floors are of a more consistent size and finish than those in eighteenth-century Virginia houses of this scale, illustrating the mid-nineteenth-century penchant for using Greek Revival and/or Italianate millwork with minimal hierarchical distinction among the spaces.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Lee Hall", [Newport News, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-HR48.

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