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058-0010 Eureka

Eureka
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/19/1977

NRHP Listing Date 09/17/1980

NPS property number 80004200

Jacob W. Holt (1811-1880), a regional architect and builder, erected this house in the Italian Villa style for the Baskervill family in 1854 59. Holt began his career in Warren County, N.C., and was active in Mecklenburg County in the mid-1850s. Typical of Holt’s work, Eureka is lavishly ornamented with scrollwork brackets, heavy moldings, and other fancy wooden ornaments. The model for the exterior is “Design 31” of William H. Ranlett’s The Architect (1847-49), a popular architectural pattern book. Holt embellished the design by adding a tower. The house was first owned and occupied by Dr. Robert D. Baskervill and remained the property of his descendants until 1974 when the house and surrounding acreage were purchased by Mr. and Mrs. William E. Blalock, who restored the place. At the time of its listing, the lofty interior retained nearly all its original woodwork including a spiral stair and doors preserving painted graining.


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

Updated April 4, 2018