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002-0097 Mount Fair

Mount Fair
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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

NPS property number 90001997

Situated to command broad vistas of the panoramic landscape of Browns Cove, 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 ca. 1848 employing trim and details based on illustrations in Asher Benjamin’s Practical House Carpenter (1830). A distinguishing feature 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. Brown owned some thirty slaves and raised a variety of livestock and crops at Mount Fair. 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 March 21, 2019