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132-0032 Catlett House

Catlett House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/18/1982

NRHP Listing Date 07/15/1982

NPS property number 82004600

This striking composition, a classic example of the American interpretation of the Queen Anne style, is one of a collection of sophisticated turn-of-the-century dwellings dotting Staunton’s downtown neighborhoods. Completed in 1897 for Fannie Catlett, widow of local attorney R. H. Catlett, the house incorporates all the elements associated with the mode: a mixture of surface materials, asymmetrical floor plan, corner tower, gables, classical details, and a multiplicity of window types. Lending particular interest is the lavish use of wood shingle cladding, echoing the tile cladding of English vernacular buildings. Many of America’s Queen Anne houses have been neglected or disfigured; the Catlett house, by contrast, is in an excellent state of preservation.


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

Updated April 4, 2018