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Thomas Balch Library

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1922, Waddy B. Wood. 208 W. Market St. Open to the public

Wood was one of the leading colonial revivalist architects of northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., in the early twentieth century, and this building offers a good chance to inspect his work. Although nominally Jeffersonian–Federal Revival, the design, with its thin, attenuated details, has a Regency delicacy. A square central block on the exterior becomes a cube on the interior. Designed as a subscription library, today it is operated by the city as a local history and genealogy library.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Thomas Balch Library", [Leesburg, 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, 99-99.

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