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c. 1910–c. 1940. 1131 Maryland Ave.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

This imaginative architectural folly was a project of David F. “Fent” Roudabush, one of the Shenandoah area's more colorful figures in the early twentieth century. About 1910, Roudabush began construction of the county's most unusual architectural creation. Named Jerusalem by neighbors, the structure consists of a series of reinforced-concrete arches and aedicules forming a wall along Maryland Avenue. Jerusalem's influences are unidentifiable, perhaps Mayan, Moorish, or early Hollywood movie set. When not engaged in his construction projects, Roudabush operated a profitable nursery and strawberry truck farm on the property.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Jerusalem", [Shenandoah, 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, 85-86.

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