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Annaburg Nursing Home (Annaburg)
Commissioned by Robert Portner, an Alexandria beer baron, the central portion of this building was one of northern Virginia's showplaces: the main house of a 2,500-acre estate that stretched to the Manassas battlefields. The gatehouse still stands nearby at 9218 Portner, though it has been modified. The estate also included a model farm, all of which is subdivided and gone. The main house cost in excess of $50,000, which was a very large sum for the 1890s. Designed in the Italian Renaissance idiom with a large front porch, the house was embellished on the interior with murals and other works of art. The architect is a shadowy figure who was active in Washington in the 1880s and 1890s and then turned up in Norfolk as a supplier of building materials. Since Germans dominated the American beer industry, Friebus's Germanic background probably recommended him to Portner.
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