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Triangle Area

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1850s-c. 1890. College St. at Main St.
  • Carpenter Store (now Wash House (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Carpenter Store (now Wash House) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Greek Revival House at 214 Main (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Greek Revival House at 218 Main (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Greek Revival House at 222 Main (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Greek Revival houses at 222, 218, and 214 Main (left to right) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Greek Revival houses at 222, 218, and 214 Main (left to right) (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • Two-story house at 170 Main (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Two-story house at 160 Main (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Two-story houses at 170 and 160 Main (Photograph by Mark Mones)

A cluster of stores, churches, and industrial structures, dating mostly to the last half of the nineteenth century, form the core of the commercial part of town located near the so-called Triangle where Main and College streets meet. The Carpenter Store (1888, now Wash House; 250 Main) is one of the least-altered commercial buildings, with a three-bay, gable-end facade featuring plate-glass windows flanking the central entrance. Several houses give a decidedly antebellum character to Main Street. The brick Greek Revival houses (1850s) at 214, 218, and 222 Main illustrate popular mid-nineteenth-century local features such as double-pile center-passage plans, stepped parapets with chimneys, and corbeled brick cornices. A pair of two-story houses (1880s; 160 and 170 Main) with irregular rooflines, shingled gables, and projecting one-story porches suggest the exuberant Victorian spirit that characterizes many of the Valley's turnpike towns.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Triangle Area", [Dayton, 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, 97-98.

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