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Garden Club of Virginia (KentValentine House)

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KentValentine House
1845, Isaiah Rogers. 1910, renovation, Noland and Baskervill. Later renovations and restoration. 1998, interior renovation, C. Dudley Brown. 12 E. Franklin St. Open to the public
  • Garden Club of Virginia (Kent-Valentine House) (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

This once-narrow stucco-covered brick town house was widened and reworked in the Colonial Revival style in 1910 to become an imposing presence on Franklin Street. Essentially, Noland and Baskervill doubled Rogers's original design and added a giant portico with four Ionic columns to the front. The original house had an iron veranda, which has been incorporated as railings in the new structure. A rear carriage house, converted to offices, sits like a folly on the beautifully maintained grounds. The interior combines Greek Revival and Beaux-Arts decoration. The Garden Club of Virginia, a major presence in the restoration of Virginia gardens, is slowly restoring the interior.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Garden Club of Virginia (KentValentine House)", [Richmond, 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, 221-222.

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