You are here

Allmand-Archer House

-A A +A
c. 1794. c. 1820, remodeling. 327 Duke St.
  • Allmand-Archer House (Richard Guy Wilson)

This house, now altered, originally resembled the Willoughby-Baylor House: a two-and-onehalf-story brick Federal town house. It was probably built by Matthew Hervey, a Norfolk merchant who, in 1802, sold the house to Harrison Allmand, another well-to-do merchant. The plan is the standard side hall with double parlors. Sometime around 1820 the house received a Greek Revival facelift. The main facade was stuccoed and quoined, and stone lintels with Latrobe-inspired ornamented corner blocks and terminal bosses were installed over the windows. In addition, a new entrance was recessed into the wall plane with a flattened portico perched on a high podium. Its Roman Doric columns set in antis support an entablature and pediment. Remains of an earlier eighteenth-century structure are visible at the rear of the house.

Allmand's granddaughter married into the Archer family, and the house was occupied by her descendants until 1973. At present a fraternal organization uses the house for its offices.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Allmand-Archer House", [Norfolk, 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, 423-424.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,