This one-and-one-half-story brick mansion is one of West Virginia's most accomplished and unusual Greek Revival houses. An impressive Doric front portico is by far the most striking feature. Instead of the usual four or six columns, it has five. The arrangement of openings in the front wall behind the portico—two doors flanking a pair of windows—is also unusual and dictated the rare pentastyle portico. The frieze of the portico contains triglyphs and metopes, while the pediment has an elaborate glazed oculus added in 1946 when Volk, a Florida architect, renovated and enlarged the house.
Waitman Willey (1811–1900) was instrumental in West Virginia's formation and served as one of the state's first two U.S. senators. He had previously served as a senator from the Restored Government of Virginia and had the honor of presenting the petition seeking approval of the new state to Congress.