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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

060-0270 Preston House

Preston House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NPS property number 89001895

The connoisseurship of America’s roadside eccentricities is ever-increasing as appreciation for American individualism increases. Seekers of the bizarre have for several decades been rewarded with the spectacle of William Preston’s remarkable work of self-expression prominently located on U.S. Route 11/460. A do-it-yourself fairyland bungalow, Preston’s handiwork, begun in 1942, literally was his dream house. As Preston explained to his sister: “One night I had a dream of this house, so I built it just like the dream.” The result is a conglomeration of towers, porches, gables, and sawn ornament, all with a gaudy color scheme. Although some of the ornaments, particularly the latticework, have been lost, they are well-documented with photographs and could be returned, restoring this landmark of folk aesthetic to it full intensity.


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

Updated August 7, 2018