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Nivison-Ball House

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c. 1780. 1869, relocation. 417 Middle St.
  • Nivison-Ball House (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Originally constructed at Crawford and Glasgow Street, this wood-frame late Georgian house was sold to John Nivison in 1784. It was moved one block to its present location in 1869, after which it was occupied by the Ball family. The symmetrical facade is five bays across with a central entrance behind a simple portico on the first level. The second level is tucked beneath a gambrel roof with a dentiled cornice along the eaves.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Nivison-Ball House", [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, 448-448.

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