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Garrett House (James P. Carroll House)

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James P. Carroll House
c. 1832. 165 W. Main St.

While brick and stone houses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries predominate along W. Main Street, there are some earlier buildings. This three-bay, two-story brick house on a high basement was built for James P. Carroll, an affluent minister and hymn writer. It is a transitional building with windows that are Greek Revival in both their form and large size but with the small panes and the stuccoed lintels above the first-floor openings that hark back to Federal design. The entrance is sheltered by a one-story, central, pedimented Doric portico. This house and the Alderson House (c. 1850; 113 W. Main), with its Doric frontispiece, are local versions of mid-nineteenth-century housing with touches of style from pattern books.

Opposite, Lebanon Middle School (1940; 131 W. Main), built as the town's high school, is a two-story brick Colonial Revival building with a pedimented two-story central portico and a multitiered cupola. It sits on a nine-acre campus.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Garrett House (James P. Carroll House)", [Lebanon, 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, 493-494.

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