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123-0102 William McKenney House

William McKenney House
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 12/12/1989

NRHP Listing Date 12/06/1990

NRHP Reference Number 90001830

Overlooking Poplar Lawn Park, the William McKenney House is Petersburg’s most extravagant example of the Queen Anne style. Designed by Maj. Harrison Waite, the city’s leading architect of the time, the twenty-three-room mansion was completed in 1890. The finely articulated fa├žade is dominated by a three-story circular tower with a conical roof. Inside is a rich display of Victorian artistry: elaborately carved woodwork in oak, cherry, and mahogany; a built-in china press and sideboard; and ten fireplaces, six of which are decorated with Italian tiles. Many of the original plumbing fixtures and combination gas-electric light fixtures remain. Commissioned by William McKenney, a prosperous Petersburg attorney, the house was later owned by David Dunlop, III, a tobacco manufacturer. William Totty, a luggage manufacturer, also once lived here. A recent restoration has returned the dwelling’s former splendor.

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

Updated: July 1, 2021