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Esser-Bolling House

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1920, Alex B. Mahood. 1033 Virginia Ave.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

This house built for mining industrialist George H. Esser is Norton's finest example of Beaux-Arts Classicism. The large, cream-colored brick dwelling with a red tile, hipped roof is noted for its monumental Corinthian portico and central front Palladian-like dormer. Beneath a balcony supported by heavy scroll brackets that is set within the portico, the double-door entrance is framed with sidelights and a transom. The front garden is delineated by a low stone retaining wall topped by a cast-iron fence. George Bolling purchased the house in 1932 and it was owned by his family until 1957. The residence now serves as a law office.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Esser-Bolling House", [Norton, 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, 507-507.

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