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James Withrow House

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1818, John Weir, builder. 220 N. Jefferson St. (between Randolph and Chestnut sts.)

One of the first brick houses in Lewisburg, this mansion was built for a tanner who had obviously prospered. Two stories tall, with a five-bay facade, the T-shaped house occupies an imposing site overlooking the heart of the city. The two-tiered portico centering the facade is an earnest and appealing attempt to replicate classical forms. Two giant, tapered columns constructed of curved, plastered bricks, have virtually no capitals, only an astragal bead at their tops. Instead of supporting a full entablature, they are set behind a simple narrow cornice decorated with rudimentary modillions, above which is an unadorned pediment. A formerly separate slave quarters and kitchen building is now attached to the side of the house.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "James Withrow House", [Lewisburg, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-GR10.

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