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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

127-0380 Home for Confederate Women

Home for Confederate Women
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VLR Listing Date 04/16/1985

NRHP Listing Date 11/07/1985

NPS property number 85002767

This handsome scaled-down version of the White House was completed in 1932 to serve wives, widows, daughters, and sisters, of Confederate veterans. Following a fire at the previous home downtown, Mrs. Andrew Jackson Montague, wife of the governor, campaigned for a fireproof facility. Sufficient funds were obtained by 1929; the site chosen was on the grounds of Camp # 1 of the Confederate veterans. The design was provided by Richmond architect Merrill Lee. The choice of the White House as a model is not without irony. The White House, however, traditionally has been associated with domesticity and its image offered a stately setting for these revered ladies. With eligible occupants becoming extinct in 1980s, the property was transferred to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for conversion to studios and offices.


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

Updated April 4, 2018