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133-0695 Phillips Farm

Phillips Farm
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VLR Listing Date 06/17/1998

NRHP Listing Date 10/30/1998

NPS property number 98001318

Located near Chuckatuck in City of Suffolk, the Phillips Farm was built ca. 1820. The superbly detailed farmhouse features a rare architectural detail from this period; clerestory dormers. Referred to by architectural historians as a clerestory house, there are only 12 remaining of the 14 documented examples of this type of construction found in a four-county region between the James and Blackwater rivers in southeastern Virginia. Built for John T. and Elizabeth Phillips, the original house was a one-story, single-pile vernacular dwelling common to the Tidewater region. The 1848 remodeling resulted in a story increase with the unusual dormers. The clerestory brought light and more space to what was typically a dark and cramped area of most antebellum dwellings. The house was carefully restored between 1982 and 1984.


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

Updated April 4, 2018