These inseparable twins are variations on Queen Anne, with their towers (rounded on the Christian House, octagonal on the Watkins) obviously engaged in some sort of architectural tête-à-tête. The Christian House, sheathed in stone on the first floor and with shingled walls above, has a touch of Romanesque Revival, whereas the all-frame Watkins House, with its dentiled and modillioned cornice, leans toward Colonial Revival. In addition to their dialogue with each other, the pair tells just what turn-of-the-twentieth-century Garland Hill was about. Christian, the city's commonwealth attorney, invested heavily and wisely in West Virginia coalfields, while Watkins was a pioneer in Lynchburg's burgeoning shoe industry and also invested in West Virginia coal.
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