Virginia State Seal

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

060-0082 Thomas Hall House

Thomas Hall House
*Click on image to enlarge.

For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001898

Unlike many other societies, where tradition and social status rigidly dictate architectural norms, Americans have felt little restraint in deciding for themselves the appearance of their homes. Those who have eschewed standard models have given us interesting expressions of individual taste. Thomas Hall’s house of 1882 illustrates one person’s attempt to make a standard house form stand apart from the uninspired vernacular of the neighborhood. Here Hall, perhaps belatedly influenced by pattern-book fashion, applied board-and- batten siding to a traditional I- house. He also gave his residence a distinct if austere monumentality by the use of a two-story portico with paired square columns. The result is an odd though effective composition, unparalleled in the region. The slate roof adds a further touch of “class” to this eye-catching naive work.


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

Updated October 18, 2018