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1836, house. 1903–1917, barn. East side of U.S. 220, .3 mile south of the intersection with Hardy County 2 at Old Fields

A major farm complex, Buena Vista includes a brick house and a frame barn, the former a relatively conservative structure, the latter the most elaborate and ornate of any in the state.

The two-story, five-bay, gable-ended brick house employs Federal proportions in its single-pile plan but is decorated with Greek Revival trim more typical of its time. In comparison to close neighbors Fort Pleasant ( HD1) and Willow Wall ( HD3), Buena Vista is a very conservative architectural statement. At the turn of the twentieth century, the facade was embellished with a frame cross gable over the three central bays and a new front porch. A rear wing, larger than the front block, was added at the same time.

The mammoth barn, constructed of white oak and finished in German siding, was built over a fourteen-year period by George T. Leatherman. It consists of three adjoining, gable-ended structures (the central block is narrower than the flanking elements, one of which was added as an afterthought); eight ventilating cupolas; myriad gables; and twin silos that flank an auxiliary entry capped with a pyramidal roof. A family ledger records expenditures and the progress of construction. The builder's granddaughter recalled that after it was completed, “people would stop because they thought it was a large Catholic school or church. Sometimes a dozen people would stop in a day just to look at it.” Inasmuch as such barns are now an endangered architectural species, stopping by to take a look seems even more justified than it was when she set down her recollections a century ago.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Buena Vista", [, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-HD2.

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