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James Mastin Neal House

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1890, James H. Fitzgerald, builder. 802 Main St.

This house was built by James H. Fitzgerald, a cousin of builder-architect Thomas B. Fitzgerald, for James Mastin Neal, son of Thomas D. Neal, the instigator in 1858 of the “Danville System” of open tobacco warehouse auctioning. Neal's house, with its asymmetrical composition of projecting and recessing planes, tower, dormers, porch, bay window, and tall chimney, is a display of the Queen Anne love of complexity. A variety of textures and materials from rock-faced stone to brick and terra-cotta and a tower crowned with a conical roof add to the rich effect. The porch was classicized c. 1915. The house at 806 Main is similar in style.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "James Mastin Neal House", [Danville, 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, 373-373.

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