Virginia State Seal

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

127-0177 Decatur O. Davis House

Decatur O. Davis House
*Click on image to enlarge.

For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

NPS property number 00000490

Decatur O. Davis House is an exceptional Second Empire mansion designed by Richmond architect Albert L. West. The mansard-roofed house features one of the city’s finest cast-iron porches and an exceptional iron fence in a foliated rinceau pattern. The original owner was Decatur O. Davis, whose wife, Sarah Alice Tyree, was Albert West’s niece. Davis was a partner in Brown, Davis & Atkins, a wholesale grocery and liquor firm that traded throughout the southeast. Following Davis’s death, the house passed through a succession of owners and non-residential uses until 1988 when the city of Richmond, its owner for the previous 45 years, donated it to the Valentine Museum. It is now a part of the museum complex and a significant element of the only block of Court End that retains its 19th-century residential character.


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

Updated April 4, 2018