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Loughon House

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c. 1890. 614 4th St.

One of the largest and most ornate Queen Anne houses in the city's west ward was built for Oscar and Lizzie Loughon, owners in the 1890s of the Radford Lumber Company. Standing two-and-a-half-stories tall, the frame house is clad in decorative shingles and weatherboard siding, and features a wrap-around porch, decorated brick chimneys, and an abundance of ornamental woodwork. Although no architect has yet been linked to the building, the overall design is reminiscent of the mail-order house plans available in the late nineteenth century. The dwelling was presumably executed in wood to showcase the architectural potential of the material sold in the owner's lumber yard.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Loughon House", [Radford, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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