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Lynchburg Tour of Homes 2018

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The Historic Foundation of Lynchburg, VA is hosting it’s Tour of Homes on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  This year’s historic neighborhood is Daniel’s Hill.  Daniel’s Hill was first developed as a residential neighborhood in the late 1840’s, when Judge Daniel began subdividing and selling his plantation.  In the mid-1870’s Daniel’s Hill began a building boom that transformed the neighborhood from largely rural farmland into a bustling residential suburb.  Among Lynchburg’s historic districts Daniel’s Hill is unique for the diversity of its architecture.  Styles range from Federal to Italianate to Georgian Revival to Queen Anne.  Types of buildings include opulent mansions, modest working class homes, rowhouses, servant’s quarters, stores, factories and churches.

Carriage House Inn

The Carriage House Inn will be one of the homes on the Tour of Homes

1. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 404 Cabell Street, is one of the homes open for tour.  This Italianate mansion was designed by R.C. Burkholder and built between 1875 and 1878.  Richard Thomas (RT) had the mansion built, after purchasing the double lot for $2,150.  He married Emma Hurt and they had eleven children, with only five growing into adulthood.

The massive brick home is predominately a rectangle with both exterior and interior walls constructed of three courses of brick.  Today’s 3-sided wraparound porch and porté cochere were added in the late 19th century, Queen Anne’s influence.  A sweeping staircase is found in the entry foyer.  Romanesque arches framing windows and doors, pediments, scrolled brackets, pilasters, overhanging eaves and pillars distinguish this mansion as Italianate in style.

Dabney-Scott Adams House

The Dabney-Scott Adams House will be open for the Tour of Homes

2.  405 Cabell Street is known as the Dabney-Scott-Adams house.  Built in 1852 it bears much evidence of its original configuration-a standard three-bay, hipped roof Greek revival with a one story porch.  In 1882 the house was stuccoed, the attic was made usable with the addition of dormers and a glass conservancy was added to the left of the front parlor.  The parlor to the right of the foyer still contains the original plaster mouldings and ceiling ornaments.  The 2-story brick servants’ quarters remain, as a separate building to the left of the house.

The house is known in Lynchhburg history as “Dabney’s Folly”.  Built by Albert Dabney, who also owned the Phoenix Foundry, he spent lavishly in the construction of the house.  Ultimately he went broke and had to sell both the house and the foundry.  The home has recently been purchased and the new owner will be restoring the home to its original grandeur.

Waldren-Hancock House

Waldren-Hancock House will be on the Tour of Homes

3.  211 Cabell Street.  The Queen-Anne style Waldron-Hancock House was built in 1874.  The house retained most of its fireplaces and fireplace tiles, moldings, banisters and wainscoting, a corner cabinet and a servants’ bell hanging over the doorway into the dining room.  The exterior of the house has been painted blue with lavender trim.  Be sure and notice the curved clapboard above the upstairs sleeping porch, in graduated shades of lavender and purple.

The backyard contains a brick patio with ample space for entertaining around the fire pit, several vegetable gardens and numerous fruit trees.  The owners envision rebuilding a carriage house, as was there in the late 1800’s.

A smaller home on Cabell Street

 

4.  123 Cabell Street.  A renovation of a fine, but smaller, house that has improved upon the original house with modern amenities while still preserving as many original and architectural elements as possible.  Gutting an older house, reimagining rooms and traffic flow, removing walls, adding windows and reconfiguring kitchens and baths are the fun of “starting over.”  The historic character remains but you can imagine yourself living here in 2018.  When possible architectural features such as original moldings, mantles, claw foot tubs and detailed paneling are preserved.  Located walking distance to all that downtown Lynchburg has to offer-dining, the theater and opera, museums, shops and the vibrant art scene Cabell Street is quickly becoming the place to live!

Tour of Homes

The Patrons Party will take place at the Rivermont House on F Street

This year’s tour will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2018, between the hours of 1:00 until 4:30.  Tickets can be purchased at the old church located at 217 Cabell Street.  The Patron’s Party will take place at Rivermont House, located at 205 F Street, between 6:00 until 8:30.  Ticket prices for the tour are $20.00.  The Patron’s Party requires a separate ticket at $75.00.