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Pembroke Decatur Gwaltney House

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1877. 226 South Church St.

Far more adventurous and fashionable than the Boynkin House and reflective of new wealth is this house, built by one of the founders of the Gwaltney-Bunkley Peanut Company, originally of Smithfield and after 1921 of Suffolk. Later Gwaltney established the meat curing and packing company that bears his name today. Wooden and three stories in height, it was designed from one of the pattern books produced by George E. Woodward or George and Charles Palliser. Stylistically the house is in the then new Queen Anne mode, its tall, conical-roofed tower balanced (unevenly) by a prominent gable with heavy cornice. Decorative shingles, brackets, and a Palladian window help to create visual interest. The porch, composed of several juxtaposed forms, is supported by fluted Ionic columns on tall pedestals.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Pembroke Decatur Gwaltney House", [Smithfield, 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, 473-473.

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