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007-0224 Coiner House

Coiner House
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VLR Listing Date 06/21/1977

NRHP Listing Date 03/30/1978

NPS property number 78003005

Colorful graining, marbleizing, and polychromy, as well as elaborately stylized woodwork, were popular decorative treatments of the Shenandoah Valley homes of farmers of German origin. The Coiner house, built ca. 1825, holds one of the least altered and most spectacular examples of such decoration yet discovered. Installed in a deceptively plain brick I-house, as was often the case, the boldness of the colors and the imagination and skill with which the mantels, doors, stair, and other trim are executed serve to make the rooms a fascinating document of American folk art. The parlor mantel is embellished with neoclassical motifs of urns and sunbursts so stylized and elaborated that they bear little resemblance to the pattern-book Federal designs that inspired them. Typical of early brick houses of the area, the house walls employ Flemish bond and a molded brick cornice.


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

Updated April 4, 2018