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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

054-0073 Westend

Westend
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/01/1970

NRHP Listing Date 09/17/1970

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 70000810

Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a prosperous agrarian republic with landowners occupying modest but sophisticated classical villas is given tangible expression at Westend, one of the landmarks of the Green Springs Historic District. Employing the Palladian format of a porticoed center section with one-story wings, a design admired by Jefferson, the house was completed in 1849 for Susan Dabney Morris Watson, widow of Dr. James Watson of Bracketts, a neighboring plantation. The contractor was James Magruder. The academic correctness of the classical details is probably due to Malcolm F. Crawford, a master carpenter who became literate in the Roman orders while employed at the University of Virginia. Both wings were originally fronted by orangeries. The house and its formally positioned outbuildings are the nucleus of a 600 acre farm. Westend remains in the ownership of Watson descendants.


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

Updated February 19, 2019