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VLR Listing Date 03/18/2021
Reveille, now known as Quarry Hill, is a masterwork designed in 1928 by architect Carl Max Lindner, Sr., to serve as a second home for Judge William Clark and his wife, Marjory Blair Clark. The French Renaissance-style house, a one-and-a-half-story, stucco-clad brick and stone dwelling, stands above the village of Hot Springs in Bath County, and adjacent to the resort Homestead Hotel property. Reveille offered the Clarks, who resided in Princeton, N.J., a summer residence with an advantageous location for entertaining and socializing with Homestead guests and other visitors to the Warm Springs Valley. That the Clarks intended the house should serve for entertaining is underscored by the inclusion on the second floor of five bedrooms for maids.
Lindner, well known for his many Tudor and Georgian revival–style designs of Richmond apartments and houses, likely executed with Reveille his only French Renaissance or French country-style residence. Typical of his work in other styles, Reveille exhibits Lindner’s attention to the scale, massing, form, building materials, and details that make the house an outstanding work of revival-style architecture. Less formal than the Chateau-style of architecture, the French country home retained formal spaces, separated public and private sections, and incorporated discreet areas for domestic servants and daily household activities. Reveille also reflects the influence of the Beaux Arts movement and classical Renaissance detailing. Complementing Reveille’s architecture are the refined but modest formal gardens and terraces surrounding the house that landscape architect Charles Freeman Gillette designed. Gillette’s garden forms, balustraded walls, stone steps, and other details remain intact.
Marjory Clark likely chose Reveille’s architectural style. Her family home, Blairsden (1898), is an elaborate 38-room French Chateau-style mansion in New Jersey that her father, wealthy investment banker C. Ledyard Blair, commissioned from the prominent Beaux Arts architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings. Although a modest reflection of the larger New Jersey home, the authentic French inspiration found at Reveille, as well as many of the decorative features of the interior, are attributable to Marjory Clark’s influence and refined tastes. Married in 1913, the Clarks divorced in 1947. Their ownership of Reveille ended in 1944.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: April 12, 2021