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Dimmick-Harvey House

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1891–1892, attributed to Frank Miles Day. 706 Harvey St.

Built for J. K. Dimmick, general manager of the Radford Land Improvement Company, this is one of the region's most sophisticated Queen Anne houses. Responding to its corner lot site, the house dramatically displays its irregular massing and rooflines to great advantage. Built on a raised foundation of coursed rock-faced limestone, the two-and-a-half-story frame dwelling is sheathed in weatherboards on the first story and wrapped in shingles on the second and attic stories. Projections and recesses further enliven the exterior, and gabled dormers in the complex hipped and gabled roof are supported with extended joists that have shaped ends. The front porch that wraps the two principal facades merges with a stone-walled side vestibule to a sinuous, shingled arched opening. One of the house's most distinctive features is a narrow oriel window that rises from the second story to the attic level. The interior features encaustic tile flooring, pressed-metal ceilings, and elaborate woodwork, including a grand multilanding paneled staircase that incorporates a woodgrained Lincrusta panel. Accompanying the house are a carriage house, stables, and storage building.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Dimmick-Harvey House", [Radford, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-MO31.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 441-441.

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