Marshall-Rucker-Smith House

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Marshall-Rucker-Smith House is a large, two-story, brick house dating to 1894 and located on Park Avenue near downtown Charlottesville. A prominent example of the Queen Anne style in the city, the house was constructed by Charlottesville builder William T. Vandergrift for dry goods merchant J. William Marshall. The house, marked by lavish interior appointments, is distinguished by its octagonal corner tower and Romanesque-inspired arcading in the gable. A later owner, philanthropist William J. Rucker, added a two-story solarium and library wing and an outdoor swimming pool in the 1930s. In the mid-20th-century, the house was converted into apartments, one of which housed future Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The Marshall-Rucker-Smith House retains its historic appearance, and its lot features shade trees, iron fences, stone retaining walls, and planting beds.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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