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Brandon Plantation: 1931

Brandon Plantation: 1931

1931. "Brandon, James River, Prince George County, Virginia. Built ca. 1730 by Nathaniel Harrison II and for two centuries the home of the Harrison family. The central block connecting the two older wings is supposed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1789 upon his return from France." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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1789 or 1765-1770?

It seems that Frances Benjamin Johnston was not quite right when she (?) states that the central block is supposed to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1789.

James Dillon (October 17, 1974), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Brandon, Brandon Plantation 'Lower Brandon' says:

The plan of Brandon was completed about 1765-1770,
It also might afford a glimpse into the emerging architectural genius of Thomas Jefferson, who may very well have designed the 1765-1770 plan.

Classic Beauty

That will never grow old or look out of style. The indented, connecting links between the two larger building elements are appropriately called "hyphens" in architecture.

Sans shutters

It's a nice house; I'm glad it was only wounded in the drive-by shooting.

Extraordinarily beautiful

For me, this type of 'domestic' architecture stands above any other for its simple, yet timeless, classical beauty. Despite its exposure to a violent past, the house seems to exude peace and tranquility.

What is utterly astonishing is that none of the bullets smashed the glass in and either side of the door.

Complete with Bullet Holes

Up for auction in 2013 and sold in 2014 for a cool $17.8 million. Comes complete with Revolutionary and Civil War bullet holes.

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