074-0002

Brandon

VLR Listing Date

09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date

11/17/1969

NHL Listing Date

04/15/1970
1970-04-15

NRHP Reference 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. The original patent was issued to John Martin in 1616. The property name of Brandon is believed to derive from the family name of Martin’s wife. The house was built in Prince George County 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.

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

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