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127-0223 Agecroft Hall

Agecroft Hall
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VLR Listing Date 07/18/1978

NRHP Listing Date 12/13/1978

NPS property number 78003186

Overlooking the James River from its tree-dotted grounds with Elizabethan-style gardens, this half-timbered mansion is a product of the antiquarianism and Anglophilia that permeated Virginia’s upper classes in the 1920s. Agecroft Hall was originally a postmedieval manor house built by John Langley near Manchester, England. By 1925 it stood neglected amid coal mines and railroads. Richmond businessman Thomas C. Williams, Jr., purchased the house and had it carefully dismantled and shipped to Richmond where it was reconstructed in modified form in Windsor Farms, a garden suburb developed by Williams. The project’s architect was Henry Grant Morse of New York. Outstanding original features include the elaborately patterned black and white timbering and a splendid leaded window in the great hall. The gardens and grounds were designed by Charles F. Gillette. Agecroft Hall is now a museum owned by the Agecroft Association.


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

Updated April 4, 2018