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Peter C. Penn House

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1897, George F. Barber. 322 W. Main St.

This is a good example of one of the many houses across the nation built according to plans from Barber's thriving mail-order architectural practice. Although irregular in outline, the house nevertheless achieves a certain balance with its conical-roofed corner tower countered by the gazebo-like pavilion at the opposite end of the porch that wraps around the building's facade. Barber considered the porch's wide round-arched entrance an interpretation of the Romanesque in wood. Adding to the house's stylistic melange are the porch turnings that have an Eastlake vitality and the dwelling's emphasis on width rather than height, which gives a cozy aspect.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Peter C. Penn 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, 377-377.

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