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128-0052 Belle Aire

Belle Aire
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VLR Listing Date 10/21/1975

NRHP Listing Date 04/30/1976

NPS property number 75002034

The refined proportions and correct classical detailing of this Greek Revival farmhouse illustrate the strong influence of architectural pattern books in the mid-19th century and the uses to which imaginative local craftsmen could put them. Most of the detailing was adapted from illustrations in the works of Boston architect Asher Benjamin and applied to the regional I-house form. The house was completed in 1849 for Madison Pitzer, a large landowner. Local builder Gustavus Sedon, who erected similar area houses, is recorded to have installed Belle Aire’s windows and may have played a role in the design. A stately air is achieved with the use of a two-level Doric portico, a device reserved for more important antebellum dwellings of the Roanoke Valley. The wide corner pilasters are features common to brick Greek Revival houses in the area.


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

Updated April 4, 2018