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c. 1832. c. 1920, William Adams Delano; gardens, Charles Gillette. U.S. 250 (2 miles west of VA 690)
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Originally built for James Bowen as a substantial Federal house, Mirador was purchased by the Langhorne family in 1892. In the 1920s Nancy Langhorne Astor's niece, Nancy Perkins, and her husband, Ronald Tree, hired the New York architect William Adams Delano. What was already a large house received wings to either side, and the interiors were upgraded with Georgian motifs. The house became one of the showplaces of the Piedmont, especially during the frequent visits of Nancy Astor and her sister, Irene Langhorne Gibson, the prototype for the Gibson Girl.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Mirador", [, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-PI46.

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 141-141.

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