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Yager Building (N. W. Yager House and Store, The Long Building)

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N. W. Yager House and Store, The Long Building
c. 1835. 230–232 W. Main St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Luray merchant Yager purchased this lot at the key intersection of Main and Court streets in 1834 and is thought to have completed his two-story residence and store the following year. The building's Federal-Greek Revival transitional styling supports an 1830s construction date. The pedimented west gable features a lunette window set into flush-board sheathing, and a pair of chimneys rises above both gable ends. Several entrances open off the street, the main one with a pilaster surround, sidelights, and a transom with decoratively patterned muntins. The first-floor interior, used for offices, features a center-passage plan; a dogleg stair with a paneled spandrel, scrolled tread brackets, and turned balusters and newels; and handcarved Ionic and Doric mantels. To the rear of the main block extends a two-story frame wing with beaded weatherboards attached with cut nails and a side porch that retains at least one early chamfered post. This wing was probably built soon after the brick section and may have served as lodging rooms.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Yager Building (N. W. Yager House and Store, The Long Building)", [Luray, 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, 80-81.

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