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053-0639 Ellwood

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VLR Listing Date 10/03/2003

NRHP Listing Date 02/11/2004

NRHP Reference Number 04000054

Ellwood is a two-and-one-half-story, Colonial Revival-style mansion designed by nationally known architect Waddy Butler Wood and built by W. M. Kimmel in 1911–1912 in Loudoun County for Lawrence Rust Lee. Located two miles west of Leesburg on a hill overlooking the town with views of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and the Potomac River, Ellwood consists of ten acres of woods, gardens, and open space that protect the house from encroaching development. The slate-roofed house has a five-part symmetrical plan: a central block connected by hyphens to one-story wings. The dwelling has two formal facades. The east front has an elaborate two-story portico surmounted by a pediment decorated with the Lee family coat of arms and an elaborate cornice and frieze moldings, while the west front has a smaller one-story portico surmounted by an oversized Palladian window. The columns incorporate a veranda with Chippendale-style railings over an extended raised porch.

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

Updated: April 19, 2021