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Millhiser House

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1891–1894, attributed to Benjamin W. Poindexter. 916 W. Franklin St.
  • Millhiser House (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • Millhiser House (Michelle Krone)

The most exotic survivor of the varied streetscape of West Franklin is this Moorish-inspired brick and brownstone house, with its arcaded third-story loggia, curvilinear parapet, and polygonal tower. Standing on a single corner column base, it is a breathtaking example of American eclecticism at its most vibrant. The complex, asymmetrical facade features a delightful array of molded brick, brownstone, and copper details.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Millhiser 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, 248-248.

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