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127-0056 Ellen Glasgow House

Ellen Glasgow House
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VLR Listing Date 01/18/1972

NRHP Listing Date 05/05/1972

NHL Listing Date 11/11/1971

NPS property number 71001041

Virginia author Ellen Glasgow made her home in this Greek Revival mansion from 1887, when at age 13 she moved in with her family, until her death in 1945. Her father purchased the house from the family of local industrialist Isaac Davenport. Glasgow’s many novels depicted life in the South with a realism devoid of the nostalgic sentimentality that characterized much Southern writing of the period. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1938, she was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for her last novel, In This Our Life. Her home in Richmond’s Monroe Ward was typical of the large Greek Revival houses that once lined Richmond’s streets, and was built in 1841 for David M. Branch, a tobacco manufacturer. Glasgow’s “square gray house” was purchased by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities in 1947. Since sold with protective covenants, it is once again a private residence.


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

Updated March 22, 2019