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043-0005 Fairfield

Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2001

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/05/2001

NRHP Listing Date 05/13/2002

DHR Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 02000513

Fairfield was originally known as Rocky Mills; the house stood in Hanover County from the middle of the 18th century until it was moved to Henrico County in the 1920s. It is a mansion with great presence, distinguished by bold classical elements combined with a traditional Georgian plan, paneling, and brickwork. Of particular note is the use of stone embellishments on the exterior, the robust Doric order in the center hall, and the finely detailed late-Georgian woodwork. As a part of its removal to its present site, the building underwent a major restoration in the Colonial Revival mode. As a result, it is both an important colonial survival and a significant icon of the Colonial Revival movement, and ranks among the most impressive of the prestigious suburban Richmond dwellings of the period. The variations in its rooms and their levels of formality give Fairfield a timeless, comfortable air.

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

Updated: November 29, 2022