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Commercial Building (Central Hotel)

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Central Hotel
Mid-19th century; later additions. 605 Front St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church (former) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church (former) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church (former) (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Built of brick laid in Flemish bond, this former tavern and hotel has the parapeted elbow gables that are almost a leitmotif of the era's architecture in Lovingston. Tall nine-over-nine and six-over-nine windows of the Federal period are surmounted by Greek Revival lintels. The simple one-story porch and wings are much later. Diagonally opposite at 632 Front, the former St. Mary's Catholic Church built in 1838 in Greek Revival was later Gothicized, a conversion carried out on a number of early Nelson County classical churches. The polygonal cupola is a fairly close copy of the one on the courthouse. The church is now a commercial building.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Building (Central Hotel)", [Lovingston, 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, 178-178.

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