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Olde Towne Inn

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c. 1885. c. 1985–1990, restoration and porch addition. 420 Middle St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Olde Towne Inn (Richard Guy Wilson)

The asymmetrical front elevation of this twostory brick Italianate town house balances the main entrance to the right, behind an ornate wooden portico, with a two-story polygonal window bay to the left. Elegant brackets punctuate the cornice. The side elevation facing London Street has a particularly handsome cast and wrought iron porch on the ground level. The second porch level, constructed of wood, is a later addition. Built for Joseph Bourke, a prominent Portsmouth resident, it has been converted to a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Olde Towne Inn", [Portsmouth, 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, 447-448.

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