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Pearson House

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1951, Charles A. Pearson Jr. 622 5th St.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Pearson sited his house to take advantage of and integrate the sloping contours of the lot. His design recalls the work of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses with a central hearth that anchors the building as it spreads horizontally to merge with the landscaped garden. The roof extends well beyond the walls to shade bands of windows and cantilevered terraces. Pearson attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh from 1933 to 1937 and worked as a draftsman from 1936 to 1937 for Edward B. Lee in Pittsburgh. Wright's Fallingwater near Pittsburgh was under construction at the time. Pearson's architectural practice was based in Radford from the 1940s and focused primarily on schools and medical facilities.

Writing Credits

Leslie Giles
Anne Carter Lee



  • 1951


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Leslie Giles, "Pearson 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, 441-442.

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