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030-0742 Green Pastures

Green Pastures
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VLR Listing Date 03/13/2002

NRHP Listing Date 05/29/2002

NPS property number 02000596

Green Pastures is a 236-acre hunt-country estate containing a Colonial Revival–style main house, stable, barns, cottages, and agricultural outbuildings. Designed by New York architect Penrose V. Stout for industrialist Robert Earl McConnell and built about 1931, the house displays bold ornamentation in its hand-carved entrance pilasters, cantilevered spiral staircase, and rare pecky cypress paneling and classical columns on the interior. McConnell amassed great wealth in the early 20th century as a mining engineer and financier, but is best known for accumulating and developing vital materials for the nation’s war effort during World War II. He served as CEO of the former German subsidiary General Aniline and Film Corporation for the Treasury Department, developed a logarithmic security chart to monitor industrial stocks, and financed groundbreaking communication inventions. Green Pastures represents McConnell’s interest in agricultural pursuits and fox hunting in the Virginia Piedmont.


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

Updated April 4, 2018