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Buena Vista

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c. 1850, Benjamin Deyerle; 1893 wing addition; 1962 rear addition. 1030 Penmar St. SE

This former plantation house is now surrounded by a city park (Jackson Park) that was originally part of the Buena Vista property. The two-story, three-bay Greek Revival house with a double-pile central-hall plan was built for Mary Elizabeth Langhorne and her husband, George P. Tayloe, of Mount Airy in Richmond County. They moved here to manage his family's iron furnaces in Catawba and Cloverdale and built this house on land acquired from Langhorne's father. Buena Vista's entrance with sidelights and transom, engaged pilasters at the corners, wide wooden entablature, and low-pitched hipped roof make it a classic, if grander, example of the Greek Revival houses in the Roanoke Valley that are credited to members of the Deyerle family of builders. Characteristically, their buildings have three different brick bonds. At Buena Vista, the facade is stretcher bond, the right side is Flemish bond, and the left side and rear are common bond. Benjamin Deyerle and probably his brother David were the brick masons and master builders. They sometimes used pilasters like those here to frame a building's openings. However, the massive one-bay pedimented Doric portico with full-height columns is unusual for their work.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Buena Vista", [Roanoke, 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, 421-421.

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