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129-0017 Evans House

Evans House
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2009

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VLR Listing Date 03/21/1972

NRHP Listing Date 05/19/1972

NRHP Reference Number 72001529

John M. Evans, farmer, Civil War veteran, businessman, and investor in the city of Salem’s land boom, built this compact North Broad Street mansion in 1882. The Evans House is a near-perfect example of the American Second Empire style, employing both a mansard roof and a reverse curved mansard tower. Local tradition holds that the style was intended to please Evans’s French bride. The bold outline and fine proportions disguise the building’s relatively small size. The sophistication of the design suggests the involvement of a skilled architect. Such exuberant late Victorian houses were never common in Virginia, and many that were built have since been demolished, leaving the Evans house a significant landmark both of its style and of the boom period in western Virginia. Always maintained as a prestige address, the house is in excellent condition and survives essentially without alteration.

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

Updated: July 8, 2021