Our local historical foundation hosts a house tour each fall. Usually my mom, aunt, and cousin tour the homes with me, but this year I was on my own.
I started the tour at this Queen Anne/Colonial Revival, circa 1911, which has been extensively remodeled over the past two years.
This home, circa 1913, was designed by Stanhope Johnson, a local architect who designed many grand Lynchburg homes during this time period. One source calls it a Bungalow/Craftsman, the other a Colonial Revival. The home originally belonged to John Warwick Daniel, a famous Virginia U.S. Representative and Senator. It was full of interesting antiques and had a wonderful sunroom on the second floor.
This home, circa 1916, was constructed using eight-inch, hollow terracotta tiles, which were plastered on the inside and stuccoed on the outside. There are only 13 homes in Lynchburg with this style of construction. This house was full of interesting artifacts from China. The homeowner were so sweet and gracious and were delighted to share their many interesting inherited things.
This house once belonged to an old friend’s great-grandmother and I was told by her mom that the yards were terraced and full of roses when she was a child. The yard grew up over the years and I hope that the new owner will restore it to its original beauty.
Interior photographs are not allowed on this tour, but I asked the home owner if I could photograph two rooms upstairs and he graciously agreed. This mural was done in the 1950’s. I am so glad that the owner didn’t have the heart to paint over it. Isn’t it darling?
Finally, I see this car near Randolph College (Formally Randolph Macon Women’s College) every now and then. It was parked on the same street as the last house and my guess is that a professor is its owner. Can you imagine driving this around town??
Hope you enjoyed the tour. I had fun but I sure did miss touring with my Mama, aunt, and cousin!