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122-0002 Boush-Tazewell House

Boush-Tazewell House
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VLR Listing Date 02/19/1974

NRHP Listing Date 07/18/1974

NPS property number 74002238

This timber-frame late Georgian house, built 1779-83, was the first significant dwelling erected in the old borough of Norfolk after the city burned in 1776. John Boush, grandson of Norfolk’s first mayor, and himself a mayor of the city, commissioned shipwrights to construct the house as a wedding present for his bride, Anne Waller. In 1820, the house was acquired by Littleton Waller Tazewell, who held many public offices including U.S. senator and Virginia governor. Among Tazewell’s visitors were Lafayette, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and John Tyler. The house was enlarged in the mid-19th century with two-story Greek Revival wings. In 1898 it was moved to its present site to prevent demolition from commercial expansion. Handsomely restored at the time of its listing, the exterior is set off by its graceful two tier portico added in 1791; the interior possesses much of its original Federal woodwork.


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

Updated April 4, 2018