James L. Kemper House 1

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    The James L. Kemper house (circa 1852) (in Madison, Madison County Virginia) is a two-story wood frame Greek Revival structure, painted white with dark green shutters. There are two stories above a raised basement. The hipped roof is of seam metal. A small center porch on the first story consists of Ionic columns, which support a roof and balustrade. The metal railing on the steps is a modern convenience. The windows are 6 over 6 with flat lintels and window surrounds with corner blocks. The doorway is derived from the American architect, Asher Benjamin; it has a continuous, segmented transom and sidelights. Interior chimneys are on both sides and are of prominent size. Image 9 provides a view of the depth of the house. Several outbuildings are on the site. Today the building is the Health Department of Madison County. The building is in the Madison County Courthouse Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places August 16, 1984 with reference ID #84003549.

    James Lawson Kemper (1823-1895), a native of Madison and a lawyer served in the Confederate army as a major-general, ultimately being wounded at Gettysburg. He later (1874-1877) became governor of Virginia. Upon retirement from public life, he sold the home in 1881 and moved to Orange County, Virginia where he died.

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    franceseattle, Bambisou, kristie2012, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. griffers 47 months ago | reply

      Beautiful home, great description and history!

    2. Maewynia 47 months ago | reply

      I have really appreciated the history on your photos. This is like a very good course in history & art.

    3. Greg In Southern Ontario [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      very pretty historic house!!

    4. Universal Pops (David) 47 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Maewynia! I guess once a teacher, always a teacher :-)

    5. Universal Pops (David) 47 months ago | reply

      And thanks to you, Greg!

    6. D & E Grey Wolf Photography 47 months ago | reply

      Beautiful home, and great information - thanks

    7. Universal Pops (David) 47 months ago | reply

      Thank you for all your views and comments. I'm very grateful!

    8. bigcityal 47 months ago | reply

      Nice house, that porch is sort of an odd width.

    9. Universal Pops (David) 47 months ago | reply

      Hadn't looked at that aspect . . and you're right--a little narrow! Appreciate the observation. Thank you!

    10. dustin.farnum 43 months ago | reply

      Award from: 100 + Viewed Best Architecture Photos (add 1, award 1)

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