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074-0002 Brandon

Brandon
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

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VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

NHL Listing Date 04/15/1970

NPS property number 69000271

The influence of English interpretations of the villa designs of Andrea Palladio is handsomely demonstrated in Brandon, one of America’s most admired works of colonial architecture. Plate III of Robert Morris’s Select Architecture (1755), an English pattern book of Palladian-style designs, provided the direct inspiration for the distinctive seven-part composition. Brandon was built ca. 1765 by Nathaniel Harrison II as a wedding present for his son Benjamin. The first stories of Brandon’s terminal wings are earlier structures and were enlarged to fit the novel scheme. The hall was remodeled in the early 19th century when the present arcade and stair were installed. Brandon remained in the Harrison family until 1926 when it was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Daniel who carefully restored the house and its formal gardens. The property’s name comes from Martin’s Brandon, an early 17th-century patent here.

1974 NHL Nomination


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

Updated February 19, 2019