Historic Homes in Lynchburg Va-Madison St

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va

Yesterday I wrote a post about the history of the Garland Hill Historic District. Garland Hill  which goes into the rich history of this area. If you read it these next posts featuring some of these homes it will add more meaning to them. Va has a lot of rich history and this is some of it that is close by.


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400 Madison Street
"The Watkins House"

The exterior is Queeen Anne while the interior is of many different styles. The home was recently renovated to its original grandeur. The house was built in 1898 by architect E.G. Frye for George Watkins, president of the Lynchburg Plow Company, later the Lynchburg Foundry Company. The Watkins family wanted a more elaborate house than its next door neighbor at 412 Madison Street, thus the economical frame construction outside and the more elaborate, expensive interior. The trellised east porch was later added to accommodate another second floor bathroom.


 

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405 Madison Street
"The Gilliam House"
The house was built in 1913-1914 for $86,000 by architect Stanhope Johnson for James R. Gilliam, Sr., president of six Virginia banks, five coal and coke companies, and of the Lynchburg Shoe Company. Two frame homes originally standing here were demolished to make way for this imposing structure, the last of the great mansions built on Garland Hill. The conversion to apartments in 1959 ws made easier by the presence of the five original complete bathrooms in the house. The house was restored to a single family residence in 1990 and for several years was used as a bed and breakfast. The front door opens onto the 50 foot grand hall with soaring celings and cherry columns and wainscoting. The house won the Lynchburg Historical Foundation Award for exterior renovation in 1985.


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412 Madison Street
"The Christian House"

Romanesque with Queen Anne details. Built in 1897 by architect E.G. Frye for Frank P. Christian, a judge of the Coporation Court, director of the First National Bank of Lynchburg, and simultaneously president of three spearate coal and coke companies. This house had the first coal stoker furnace in a private home in the city.

 

 

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413 Madison Street
"The George Fleming Estate"

The George Fleming Estate, built circa 1880
by architect Robert C. Burkholder, is a combination of Italianate and modified Eastlake Vicrorian. The 16-room house retains most of its original floor plan, interior walnut fretwork, mantels of slate and its original turn-of-the-century bathroom fixtures with clawfoot tubs and china sinks. Note the stained glass peacock window in one of the front parlors and the cast iron porch. The house was selected in 1984 as the city's first downtown home on the Historic Virginia Garden Club Tour and won the Lynchburg Historical Foundation Merit Award for exterior renovation in 1985.

 

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Comments (14)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Pat. How are you? We have a "handful" of these historic homes in our area and I am loving your photos. Various styles like Victorian or Tudor are hard to find in many areas these days. You almost need a guide book to understand the older architectures.

Jul 25, 2009 02:15 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Pat, I love these old homes, especially the turrets and detailed architecture.  They just don't build homes like this anymore, definitely somethings are worth preserving.  Thanks for the very informative post today. Have a great weekend, Pat!

Jul 25, 2009 03:18 AM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
Broker/Owner

Gary-I am fine and thank you. :-)

Hi Mary-You are most welcome. Have a great weekend. :-)

Jul 25, 2009 04:29 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Pat,  you are a "close neighbor", and I just found you. Love the historical house photos.

Jul 25, 2009 07:57 AM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
Broker/Owner

Howdy neighbor-Glad to meet you. Thank you. I have been doing more with localism lately as I just started back again after a little hiatus from the rain.  Lynchburg is most definitely rich in history. Have a super weekend. :-)

Jul 25, 2009 09:23 AM
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Pat, I absolutelly love historic old homes and the history behind them. My dream is to live in one someday (maybe one that has some nice ghosts hanging around).  I think it would be incredible. Thanks for sharing the history of these great places. I would love to see them.

Jul 25, 2009 09:35 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Pat, These homes are spectacular.  I love to see all different types of architecture and learn about it.  Homes from another era are always so unique and beautiful.

Jul 25, 2009 10:05 AM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
Broker/Owner

Hi Sandy-It is actually fun and interesting to learn and experience things like this especially things so close to home. Lynchburg is a beautiful place. Thank you for adding me as a associate. I look forward to reading more of your posts. I was out of the rain for a while but I am back to regularly posting.

Hi Carole-I think they are as well. There is a lot of them there and I will be doing the next couple of posts on more of them. One thing for sure is they don't build the houses like this anymore. Have a great night. It is nice to chat with my friends again. I missed that. Now I just don't sleep so I can have time to post. LOL

Jul 25, 2009 11:36 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Pat

You sure are right about the Grand State of Virginia, is rich in fine History. My family actual started out in VA. before ending up in Missouri. You sure did pick some real fine homes to write about in this post, my friend

P.S. Thank you for adding me as an associate of yours, and I'll be doing the same for you. Also Thank you for visiting today, I'll be get a reply written to you in a bit.

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Jul 25, 2009 02:48 PM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
Broker/Owner

Hi Dale-You are most welcome. When I started back after being away for a while I went thru the folks I have been subscribed to and realized I hadn't added you as an associate before. I apologize that it took me so long to do so. You were one of my first subscriber and one who welcomed me to AR.  It has been a year since I have been here. Time flies. Have a great weekend. :-)

Jul 25, 2009 09:25 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Pat

My dear friend, you do not have anything to apologize for at all. Time sure does seem to flies by here at the AR community. Have you written any Hyper-Local Content posts for the extra 1000 points from AR Bob. And put a link to them on his post about it.

I got one done this morning, it the longes post that I've written and post in the AR community. I ain't even been to sleep yet. Good thing I ain't got any Inspections today. If I had I sure would have gotten some sleep.

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Jul 25, 2009 11:16 PM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
Broker/Owner

Hi Dale-No I haven't. I didn't know about it but will check it out. I must of missed it cause I have only been back a short while. Now get some sleep my friend. I see your pic just popped up to the top of my blog roll so I will check it out as I am just finishing with a 1yr anniversary post myself but you can check that out after you get some sleep. I will check out your latest post shortly. :-)

Jul 25, 2009 11:35 PM
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock,com

Hi Pat:

WOW...that's some architecture in those homes!

Nice post on your local history.

I love historic homes, especially the Victorian styles.

Jul 25, 2009 11:46 PM
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
Broker/Owner

Hi Toula-They sure don't make them like that anymore. Thank you and and like that style myself. Have a great Sunday. :-)

Jul 25, 2009 11:54 PM