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Property Name On the Hill
Reference Number 13001164
State Virginia
County Mecklenburg
Town Boydton
Street Address 982 Jefferson Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/5/2014
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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On the Hill is locally significant under Criterion C for its architectural design. The property has a period of significance of ca. 1795-ca. 1886, which encompasses the period in which the house achieved its Queen Anne-style massing, footprint, and embellishments. It is also a contributing resource within the National Register-listed Boydton Historic District (VDHR #173-5001; listed 2002). On the Hill derives its significance from the fact that it retains all of the elements of Queen Anne design exuberance that were added in its 1880s renovation and expansion. Transformed in the late Victorian period, its Queen Anne features have been maintained to the present day. Integrity has not been compromised by subsequent expansions and functional modernization. The house has numerous easily identifiable period characteristics and ornamentations. Family history credits Alice Marrow Finch for selecting a Queen Anne design after seeing the design of a house in Durham, North Carolina. She then used a $5000 wedding gift from her husband, George Beverly Finch, to purchase the plans and to hire a contractor. The renovation to transform the house to a Queen Anne design was executed by William K. Holt, a member of the regionally well-known Holt family of architect/builders. The 1880s Queen Anne modernization of On the Hill followed (in mirror image) the example and plans of famed architect George F. Barber, a widely known provider of Victorian house plans and Victorian renovation designs (References 1, 2, 12, 19 & 28).


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