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300-0054 P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House

P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/10/1998

NRHP Listing Date 01/27/1999

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 99000075

The P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House was built in 1900-1901 for Pembroke Decatur Gwaltney, Jr., who took his family meat business to national prominence with the Smithfield ham before his death in 1936. The elaborately detailed, Queen Anne-style home, located in the Smithfield Historic District, is based on style no. 45 of George F. Barber’s Modern Dwellings: A Book of Practical Designs and Plans for Those Who Wish to Build or Beautify Their Homes. The exterior is clad in wood clapboard and shingles and stands on a granite foundation. It features a corner turret, a wraparound porch, a tile roof, and copper finials on the turret and gazebo. The equally grand interior contains an imposing stair in the front hall, elaborate paneling, and impressive mantels. The house has an exceptionally high degree of integrity, with most of its original fixtures and finishes. Much of the construction was carefully documented in notes kept by Gwaltney that were used by his family to rehabilitate and restore the dwelling.


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

Updated December 5, 2019