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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

002-0480 Sunnyfields

Sunnyfields
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VLR Listing Date 04/21/1993

NRHP Listing Date 06/10/1993

NPS property number 93000509

At the base of Monticello Mountain, Sunnyfields is the core of a 522-acre plantation established in the 1830s by William B. Phillips, a prominent master mason. The house was presumably designed and built by Phillips for his own residence. In 1818, Phillips was selected by Thomas Jefferson to serve as a principal builder for the University of Virginia, the largest state building project of its time. Phillips was the brickmason for the Rotunda, the anatomical theater, Pavilion X, Hotel C, many of the dormitories, and the serpentine garden walls. After the university, Phillips continued his career by building several county courthouses, including Madison (1830), Page (1833), Greene (1838) and possibly Caroline (ca. 1830). These buildings, including Sunnyfields, incorporate the fine brickwork and academically correct classical detailing for which Phillips was known. On the grounds is a long servants’ quarter and the remains of a large terraced garden.


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

Updated October 16, 2018