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127-0225 Henry Coalter Cabell House

Henry Coalter Cabell House
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VLR Listing Date 11/16/1971

NRHP Listing Date 02/23/1972

NPS property number 72001519

This antebellum mansion is the sole survivor of the many large houses that once characterized Gamble’s Hill, a fashionable 19th-century neighborhood. It was built in 1847 for William 0. George but was rented for three decades beginning in the 1850s to Richmond lawyer Henry Coalter Cabell, with whom it has since been identified. The portico uses an order invented for American buildings by the Brooklyn architect Minard Lafever and popularized throughout the country through his architectural design book The Beauties of Modern Architecture (1835). The capitals, composed of Grecian elements, have an Egyptian character here because the row of acanthus leaves, originally around the lower part of each capital, has been removed. The house has served as the headquarters of the Virginia Education Association since 1951.


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

Updated April 4, 2018