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132-0022 Kable House

Kable House
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 12/19/1978

NRHP Listing Date 06/19/1979

NRHP Reference Number 79003299

The Kable House was built in 1873-74 in the city of Staunton for John W. Alby. This first building of the former Staunton Military Academy, it is now part of the Mary Baldwin College campus. In 1860, Capt. William Hartman Kable founded the Charles Town Male Academy in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia). After the Civil War, Kable decided to move his school to Virginia proper, and in 1883 purchased this Italianate bracketed villa in the city of Staunton. Originally named the Staunton Male Academy, the school developed a military format in 1886. The house served as both a dormitory and the Kable family residence for many years, and later was used for classrooms and offices. Its interior was remodeled in 1917 by the local firm of T. J. Collins & Son, but the exterior retains its Italianate flavor. Staunton Military Academy closed in 1976 and sold its campus to Mary Baldwin College, which put the Kable House to use for student service offices.

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

Updated: May 5, 2022