An eye-catching composition of provincial grandeur, this house (not to be confused with the identically named home of James Madison; see entry below) crowns the top of a hill with views in all directions. The core of the house dates from c. 1780, when Francis Thornton built the structure for his son William (unrelated to the physician-architect). The front facade has a Palladian window. In the mid-nineteenth century end wings were added, and the whole was united at the rear by a huge Tuscan colonnade raised on a basement and crowned by an Italianate cornice and pediment. Aggressively unacademic, it dominates the surroundings.
You are here
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.