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093-0171 Fairview Farm

Fairview Farm
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/17/1985

NRHP Listing Date 06/05/1986

NPS property number 86001249

Fairview Farm’s importance as a document of indigenous late 18th-century forms and details was long clouded by an early 20th-century remodeling that gave the house a hybrid foursquare/bungaloid appearance. Despite the changes, much original fabric was left intact, including the superb interior woodwork. Evidence for missing features was abundant. A comprehensive restoration, directed by furniture maker Peter Kramer, was undertaken in 1984 during which the stucco was removed and the portico reconstructed. As originally completed for Samuel Shackelford, member of a prosperous area family, the house combined continental and English features. The continental character is seen in the three-room plan, related to the three-room Flurkuchenhaus plan employed by German settlers. The English influence is evident in the exterior chimneys, the richly detailed provincial Federal woodwork, and the king-post-truss roof framing.


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

Updated November 8, 2018