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Ted Wentz House

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c. 1893. 19 W. 2nd St.

This imposing Queen Anne house, one of the largest and most prominent in Big Stone Gap, was built for Ted Wentz, who owned a controlling interest in the Virginia Coal and Iron Company. Standing among similar dwellings on 2nd Street, a fashionable turn-of-the-twentieth-century address for coal mining industrialists, the large wooden house has a cross-gabled roof, a conical-roofed corner tower nestled between the gables, and a wrap-around porch with turned posts and balusters. Single, paired, and tripled windows, some with arched heads, punctuate each elevation. Across the road at 18 W. 2nd is a handsome two-and-a-half-story brick house (c. 1895) with a hipped roof with flared eaves, dormers, and an exterior-end chimney with decorative brickwork. Tying the composition together is a wraparound porch and a projecting gabled entrance bay.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Ted Wentz House", [Big Stone Gap, 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, 511-511.

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