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Hunter House Victorian Museum

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c. 1894, W. D. Wentworth. 1988, restoration, Reese Fowler. 240 W. Freemason St. Open to the public
  • Hunter House Victorian Museum (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • Hunter House Victorian Museum (Jason R. Waicunas)

Boston architect W. D. Wentworth designed this combination of Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne styles for a prominent local merchant. The tall, narrow proportions of the house point to the increasingly urban character of this end of Freemason Street at the turn of the century. The variety of door and window openings, multiple gables, polychromy, surface patterns, and textures create a virtual textbook of Victorian design. The house is restored and filled with period furniture.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Hunter House Victorian Museum", [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, 424-424.

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