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117-0001 Alexander Withrow House

Alexander Withrow House
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VLR Listing Date 01/05/1971

NRHP Listing Date 07/02/1971

NPS property number 71001055

An enduring landmark in the heart of Lexington’s downtown, the Alexander Withrow house is set apart from its neighbors by its corner chimneys and diaper pattern brickwork decoration. Corner chimneys are a peculiarity of several early Rockbridge County houses, and diapering is found but rarely in the Shenandoah Valley. The house was completed by 1790 for William Alexander to serve as his store and residence. Originally the house was covered by a gable roof, which must have looked odd with corner chimneys. It received its present stone lined shopfronts and low roof with heavy Italianate cornice when Main Street was lowered in the 1850s. After years of neglect, the restoration of the exterior was undertaken in 1969 by the Historic Lexington Foundation. This singular element in the city’s historic fabric has been a popular inn for the last quarter century.


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

Updated April 4, 2018