The Works of Marshall Swain Wells Architect MPD

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Architect Marshall Swain Wells (1900-1974) is noted primarily for his upscale residential designs in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, although he designed houses and other buildings elsewhere in Virginia, including Richmond, Alexandria, Farmington, and Yorktown. During his four decades of practice, Wells used his skills in new, mostly Colonial Revival, design to offer a balanced and thoughtful approach to the expansion, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic houses. The Work of Marshall Swain Wells Architect Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) Form establishes the overarching historical significance of Wells’s work and facilitates individual listing in the state and national registers of the many Wells houses and churches that are concentrated in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Photo credit: Mary Harding Sadler and Llewellyn Hensley, 2009

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