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Property Name George Washington Rader House
Reference Number 14000525
State Virginia
County Botetourt
Town Fincastle
Street Address 8910 Lee Highway
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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The George Washington Rader House is locally significant under Criterion C for architecture. Evaluated within the context of Botetourt County, each addition to the George Washington Rader House reflects the changing construction methods and architectural preferences of rural Western Virginia. The earliest section of the house was initially a two-story log house, built before 1820. The area was gradually being settled and log construction was a readily available method of construction in this sparsely settled region. As the area became more permanently inhabited, frame and brick construction methods became more widely used. In ca. 1830, a brick section, connected to the log section with a frame hyphen, nearly tripled the size of the house. The house geometry generally remained the same until the early twentieth century, when a large one-story rear addition provided the owners with modern conveniences including plumbing for an attached kitchen and bathroom. In a single dwelling, three methods of construction-log, frame and brick-exhibit the evolution of architectural preferences of a prominent family, and the changing economy and building resources of the region. Furthermore, the collection of agricultural outbuildings is representative of the farm's evolution through more than a century of family farming. The period of significance, ca. 1820-ca. 1930, encompasses the major renovations and improvements made by the Rader inhabitants.

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