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127-0073 John Marshall House

John Marshall House
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2004

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VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date 10/15/1966

NHL Listing Date 12/19/1960

NRHP Reference Number 66000916

John Marshall, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, built this dignified Georgian house in Richmond in 1790 and made it his home for forty-five years. Marshall was appointed to his high post in 1801 and held the position until his death in 1835. Although his judicial duties took him away from Richmond for months at a time, he was able to spend long periods at home, writing many of his decisions establishing the fundamental principles for constitutional interpretation. The John Marshall House, one of the oldest brick dwellings in Richmond, was owned by Marshall descendants until 1907. It was rescued from threatened demolition that same year following its purchase by the city. In 1911 it was placed in the perpetual care of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (now Preservation Virginia). The restored dwelling is now a museum furnished with many of Marshall’s possessions.

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

Updated: July 29, 2022