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|Location||Westmoreland County, Virginia map|
|Building Type||large house|
|Construction System||brick bearing masonry|
|Style||Georgian Early American|
|Notes||"H" shaped plan. Built by Thomas Lee.|
|Discussion||Stratford Hall Commentary
"Overlooking the Potomac River in Westmoreland County, Virginia, this historic 18th century home was designed as part of a self-sufficient plantation complex, almost a sovereign community unto itself.
"...Stratford Hall is remarkable as a forthright, distinctive variation of the Georgian style. Its formal, elegant design mandates its place among the great mansions of the nation.
"Ninety feet from east to west, the main house of Stratford was designed in the shape of an 'H', a massive center block forming the middle crossbar and matching strong rectangular-shaped wings on either side. Also known as the 'Great House', this structure was in turn served by four outlying dependencies constructed at equal distances from each of its four corners. The north front faces the river; the south side overlooks a wall dividing the manicured lawn adjacent to the house from grazing pasture and meadow beyond."
Doris Lockerman Kennedy, ed. Historic Houses of the South. p2.
Sources on Stratford Hall
Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. central organization diagram, p199. binuclear diagram, p203. reduction diagram, p212. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-0643-0086-2. NA705.R67 1979. exterior photo, plate 34, p41.
Doris Lockerman Kennedy, ed. Historic Houses of the South. Birmingham, Alabama: Oxmoor House, 1984. ISBN 0-8487-0693-5. p2.
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