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Maple Hall

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1855; 1980, restoration and additions. 3111 N. Lee Hwy.

This is one of the most impressive Greek Revival brick houses in the county. Built by farmer, distiller, and community leader John B. Gibson, it has a double-pile, central-hall plan. Its facade is marked by a raised basement and a massive pedimented Doric portico with paired columns. Elaborate fretwork balustrades, tripartite windows, and transoms and sidelights framing the main doors represent a fashionable house of the period. A brick ell houses the kitchen. The interior has Greek Revival mantels and moldings modeled after those found in Asher Benjamin's pattern books. In fact, a copy of Benjamin's The Practical House Carpenter (1830) was found in the house during its 1980s restoration. Out-buildings include a brick overseer's house and a log dwelling. The house now serves as a country inn.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Maple Hall", [Lexington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-RB41.

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, 138-138.

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