While many of Montgomery County’s antebellum houses showed the influence of contemporary architectural fashion, the majority were vernacular structures of uncompromising simplicity. Among the latter is Michael Kinzer’s ca. 1845 brick house, a solid functional dwelling in the town of Blacksburg devoid of the decorative devices purveyed by many architectural pattern books. A locally popular vernacular form, the Michael Kinzer House has a four-bay, two-room format with each of the two first-floor rooms entered by its own door. The primary decorative motif is the molded brick cornice, a common feature of western Virginia’s folk housing. Near the Michael Kinzer House is the archaeological site of the temporary brick kiln where the brick used in the house was fired. Though it was common practice to make brick on site, this is one of the only kiln sites in the region to have been studied.
Michael Kinzer House was listed in the registers under the Prehistoric and Historic Resources of Montgomery County MPD.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark