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127-0065 Benjamin Watkins Leigh House

Benjamin Watkins Leigh House
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VLR Listing Date 11/05/1968

NRHP Listing Date 04/16/1969

NRHP Reference Number 69000352

John Wickham, original owner of the famous mansion across East Clay Street that later became the Valentine Museum, had this capacious four-bay town house built for his daughter Julia between 1812 and 1816. Julia Wickham Leigh and her husband, Benjamin Watkins Leigh, a Richmond lawyer who served in the U.S. Senate during the Jackson administration, were living there by 1826. The house, an unusually large dwelling for early-19th-century Richmond, was remodeled in the Italianate mode with a bracketed porch and cornice after 1851 when it was sold to Lieutenant Governor John M. Gregory. In 1932, the house was incorporated into the Sheltering Arms Hospital complex. It is now used for offices by the nearby Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

[Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2021]


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


Updated: March 8, 2021