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Cocke-Morris House 3 | by Universal Pops (David)
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Cocke-Morris House 3

[There are 11 photos in this series on the Cocke-Morris House] This is a creative commons image, which you may freely use by linking to this page. Please respect the photographer and his work.


The Cocke-Morris house was built about 1850 by Dr. Charles Cary Cocke (a son of John Hartwell Cocke). The house is also known as the Bridge Keeper’s House (also as the Gate Keeper’s House), information found on a plaque near the rear of the side of the house. Located near the one-time James River-Kanawha Canal, it is today quite near the James River. The home is in Bremo Bluff, Fluvanna County, Virginia. I believe at one time it had been used as a bed-and-breakfast. It was also once called the Downing House because Cocke’s home was in the style of cottages designed by Andrew Jackson Downing books as Cottage Residences (1842) and The Architecture of Country Houses (1851)


The white wood structure with pale blue trim is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival (Carpenter Gothic) in domestic architecture. The house is 2 1/2 stories with basement and is sited on a hillside, which increases the functionality of its basement. The steep-pitched shingle roof, the prominent front and side gables, and the use of board-and-batten siding all accentuate the verticality of the structure. A short front gable connects to a longer cross gable, both with bargeboards with an understated decorative fringe. The chimney is internal, 3 stacks in a single group, positioned asymmetrically to the roof alignment (image 8). As if to demarcate the roof from the external walls, a slender wood strip runs across both gables at roofline. The front gable houses a rectangular vent and the side gable a squat window with pointed arch. The front façade is symmetrical with bays to either side of the centrally positioned entrance. The porch has a low-pitched roof supported by slender posts. Enclosing the porch area are railings of thin square posts. Oddly there is no ornamentation or embellishment in this portion of the home. Windows throughout are mixed in terms of panes, although the molding seems uniform, even in the rear section where the windows occur in pairs. The foundation appears to be stone except in the rear which looks like cinder block, an indication that the rear was perhaps an addition. This is one of my very favorite of all houses I’ve seen. Online information on this house is sparse. It’s not in the list of National Register sites for Fluvanna County. Previously I’d posted 4 other images of the home; all eleven photos are in a set at


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Taken on May 5, 2010