With its wraparound veranda and crenelated tower, La Riviere in the city of Radford displays the curious mix of modern domesticity with romantic historicism that characterizes America’s Queen Anne style. The house was designed by William Ingles, a member of a locally distinguished family, who had a successful career as a civil engineer, designing railroad structures in several states. He also was a Radford businessman and civic leader. His prosperity enabled him to build a finely appointed mansion overlooking the New River, but the house burned the night before he and his wife were to move in. The present house, completed in 1892, was built on the foundations of the original. Typical of the Queen Anne style, La Riviere combines many forms and materials. The rich interior, dominated by a grand stair rising in the tower, remains almost untouched. The La Riviere property was still owned by Ingles family members at the time of its listing in the registers.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark