Let’s discuss some elements of historic architecture in Virginia. First it’s important to know that the history of the area lends itself to a quiet respect for conservative styles and quiet understated details. It’s the simplicity of traditional colonial styles and materials that elevate Central VA homes into a level of elegance. A common floor plan is the rectangular 2-story home, basically a 2-story house or farmhouse. Room sizes may vary from home to home and this style is know locally as “2-over-2” or “4-over-4” etc.
In Charlottesville the style of Thomas Jefferson’s architecture is respected and perpetuated. Jefferson designed the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Jefferson’s own home of Monticello is here.
Those properties have encouraged similar architecture and you will see a lot of Jefferson’s style … the use of brick, white columns, arched walkways, domed buildings, and serpentine brick walls. Conservative 2-story colonial-style homes were the norm here until quite recently (recently our builders have begun to cater to the demand for one-level-living).
Vintage architectural details seen around Charlottesville homes include leaded glass windows, brass hardware, circular stairways, and beautiful hand carved mantels.