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Royster House

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1900, John Kevan Peebles. 303 Colonial Ave.

Colonial Avenue is Ghent's second most prestigious address, particularly the segment that widens to form the park known as Beechwood Place. Just south of the park is the Royster House, a handsome brick residence with stone and wood trim designed in the Colonial Revival style by one of Virginia's leading architects. With its Ionic pilasters, bow window bays, and hipped roof, the house exhibits a decidedly New England pedigree. Graceful porches, now removed, once spanned the east and south sides of the house. The house was built for Frank S. Royster of the Royster-Guano Fertilizer Company.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Royster 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, 429-429.

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