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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

134-5002 Shirley Hall

Shirley Hall
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/10/1998

NRHP Listing Date 02/05/1999

NPS property number 99000144

Shirley Hall was built in 1940 by William Graves Perry of the Boston firm of Perry, Shaw and Hepburn for the Devereux family. The Georgian Revival house is laid in Flemish Bond with random glazed headers and rubbed jack arches over the windows. A widow’s walk with balustrade tops the slate-hipped roof. The interior stair and flooring are salvaged from earlier dwellings. Perry became immersed in southern Colonial architecture while working on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. He then brought his extensive knowledge of that architectural vocabulary to bear on Shirley Hall, his only residential commission in Virginia or the South, and the only house he designed after working in Williamsburg. Shirley Hall is a remarkable example of Perry’s style. He influenced a generation of architects in Virginia and the nation.


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

Updated April 4, 2018