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060-0443 Rife House

Rife House
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VLR Listing Date 03/01/2025

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001900

Proudly placed in plain view of travelers along U.S. Highway 11/460, the historic trace to the west, this large frame house was built ca. 1905 for K. M. Rife, a recent arrival to the area from the coalfields of western Virginia. Rife used his new home as a display of his affluence. Little altered over the past ninety years, the house is one of the county’s few textbook examples of the Queen Anne style. Developed in late 19th-century England, the Queen Anne style was a revival of 17th- and early 18th-century vernacular forms. It was given a distinctly American flavor here with the use of weatherboarded walls and a wrap-around front porch. The general appearance was likely based on illustrations published in house catalogues. The materials and decorative details were probably purchased by suppliers in Roanoke, then experiencing a building boom.


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

Updated April 4, 2018