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132-0017 Rose Terrace

Rose Terrace
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VLR Listing Date 12/19/1978

NRHP Listing Date 06/19/1979

NPS property number 79003303

Built ca. 1875 as a residence for Holmes Erwin, Rose Terrace illustrates the prosperity enjoyed by Staunton following the Civil War. Near the top of the city’s highest hill, the L-shaped, two-and-a-half-story structure is in a freely interpreted Italianate style. It is an outstanding example of Victorian-era taste, with decorative brickwork and fancy chimneystacks. It was purchased in 1919 by Mary Baldwin Seminary (now College) and served as the president’s home for a many years. More recently, Rose Terrace has served as a residence hall and home of the college admissions office. Towering above the college’s lower campus, the dwelling provides a lively architectural foil for Mary Baldwin’s cream-colored, Greek Revival academic structures and serves as a link between the upper and lower portions of the campus.


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

Updated April 4, 2018