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Morven

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1820; later additions. 2211 Cartersville Rd.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Randolph Harrison of Ampthill (CB12) built this house as a wedding present for his daughter Jane and her husband, William Randolph, to use as a retreat. The two-story Federal house escapes being typical by its small, high-placed second-story windows set beneath jack arches. These windows were originally single sash and opened by rising into a wall pocket behind the wooden cornice that encircles the house. Their diminutive size and high placement are an allusion to Palladianism that would have been more evident before the one-bay one-story front porch with Doric columns was added.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Morven", [Cartersville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-CB11.

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