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123-0066 Nathaniel Friend House

Nathaniel Friend House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 04/20/1976

NRHP Listing Date 08/11/1976

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 76002227

Nathaniel Friend, Jr., an import export merchant and former mayor of the city, had this imposing example of Petersburg’s Federal architecture built in 1815-16. Standing across Cockade Alley from the Farmers’ Bank, the Friend house is in the heart of Petersburg’s historic commercial area. Although the enormous dwelling remained vacant for many years and had its first floor altered, the excellent Federal woodwork of the upper floors remains largely intact. Following the failure of several private attempts at restoration, the property was acquired for preservation by the city, which undertook basic structural stabilization. Despite its neglected state, Nathaniel Friend’s mansion remains a pivotal historic and architectural resource for the Petersburg community.


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

Updated December 20, 2018