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Longwood Bed-and-Breakfast (Cunningham House)

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Cunningham House
1880. 608 High St.
  • Barrow House
  • Barrow House

Built for Dr. John Cunningham, who became president of Longwood College (PE7) in 1887, this Classical Revival house remained as the home of the college's presidents until 1969. It briefly served as the alumni office until becoming a bed-and-breakfast. The house is set on a platform with a low balustrade, and has a colossal two-story portico with paired Ionic columns, and one-story side porches. Two pedimented dormers with tracery break through the hipped roof. Heard and Chesterman designed the Tudor Revival Barrow House (1925) opposite at 611 High. The style was fashionable in the 1920s and this house has such characteristic features as a cross gable, a steep roof with patterned slate, and a fieldstone chimney with tall brick flues, as well as a walled garden.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Longwood Bed-and-Breakfast (Cunningham House)", [Farmville, 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, 269-269.

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