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002-0097 Mount Fair

Mount Fair
Photo credit: Brad McDonald/DHR, 2021

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/21/1990

NRHP Listing Date 12/28/1990

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 90001997

Situated to command broad vistas of the panoramic landscape of Browns Cove, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Albemarle County, Mount Fair’s dwelling is a handsome specimen of builder’s Greek Revival adapted for a Virginia gentry residence. The little-altered Greek Revival house was built in 1848-49, employing trim and details based on illustrations in Asher Benjamin’s Practical House Carpenter (1830). A distinguishing feature of Mount Fair is the balustraded lantern giving daylight to the attic stairwell. The house originally served an 800-acre estate belonging to William T. Brown who built the present house on the site of his father’s house which burned in 1846. In 1930 Mount Fair became the home of Edmund S. Campbell, first dean of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark


Updated: July 30, 2021