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088-0061 St. Julien

St. Julien
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/18/1975

NRHP Listing Date 06/05/1975

NPS property number 75002038

St. Julien was the home of Francis Taliaferro Brooke (1763-1851), who was appointed to the Virginia General Court in 1804 and later served as president of Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. Brooke served in the General Assembly in 1794 and 1795. In 1796 he transferred his law practice to Fredericksburg and purchased a nearby farm, which he named St. Julien. He described the dwelling that he constructed here in 1804 as a “small brick house with a shed to it.” Although compact in scale, Brooke’s house stands as one of the area’s most refined examples of rural Federal architecture. Its two-level recessed entry capped by a pediment is an imaginative and effective façade treatment. The refinements of the building include its Flemish bond brickwork, carved stone lintels and keystones, and finely detailed interior woodwork. Among St. Julien’s several early outbuildings is an early board-and-batten office.


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

Updated April 4, 2018