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John Marshall House

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1788–1790. 818 E. Marshall St.
  • John Marshall House (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

The oldest surviving brick house in the city contains on the interior the type of handsome paneling and woodwork that ornamented many eighteenth-century Virginia houses. John Marshall, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, lived here from the time the house was completed until his death in 1835. Marshall was a dignified, unassuming man, and his simple, handsome house expresses the owner's character. In 1907 Marshall's descendants sold the house to the city, whose intention was to demolish it and build a school on the lot. Women's groups banned together to save the house in an effort characteristic of the burgeoning historic preservation movement. The house was deeded to the APVA in 1911, and the new John Marshall High School was built in an L shape around it. Ironically, the high school was later demolished, and now the house is engulfed by the John Marshall Courts Building.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "John Marshall 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, 187-188.

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