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122-0033 Willoughby Baylor House

Willoughby Baylor House
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VLR Listing Date 04/06/1971

NRHP Listing Date 09/22/1971

NPS property number 71001060

This architecturally restrained town house is representative of the many middle class, side-passage dwellings built following Norfolk’s destruction during the Revolution. It was erected by William Willoughby soon after he purchased the lot in 1794. Willoughby, a local merchant and contractor, was also a descendant of Thomas Willoughby, original owner of the land on which Norfolk was established in 1682. Dr. Byrham Baylor, who married Willoughby’s granddaughter in 1845, probably added the Doric columned porch and other Greek Revival touches then. In 1964 the house was spared the demolitions that swept away much of its neighborhood through purchase by the Historic Norfolk Foundation. The foundation restored the house as a museum illustrating the taste of Norfolk’s middle income families, a contrast to the more elegant Moses Myers house. Stewardship of the Willoughby-Baylor house was transferred to the Chrysler Museum in 1969.


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

Updated April 4, 2018