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Dr. William Pitts House

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1854, Adam Hickman. 247 E. Main St.

Hickman constructed several buildings in Abingdon, including this house built on speculation. After renting it to a tailor for a few years, Hickman sold it to Dr. William Pitts, a surgeon from Richmond. The five-bay, Greek Revival house, set very close to the street, has a recessed entrance with classical detailing. Bold stepped gable parapets flank the paired end chimneys, and a sash window lights each gable end of the attic. The house is built of brick with the area's typical stone foundations. The diminutive brick building (1886; 239 E. Main) with a steep gable roof, deep eaves, and three-bay front porch was constructed by James Fields of the Fields-Penn House (WS11).

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Dr. William Pitts House", [Abingdon, 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, 467-467.

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