Colonial Revival Architecture
in Historic Chatham, Virginia

By Henry Mitchell.

During the early 1900's, the Neo-Colonial tendency to decorate many building forms with Colonial-inspired appliques continued and developed into a fuller imitation of early building shapes.

Below are some of Chatham's examples of Colonial Revival architecture. See also the very specific Cape Cod Revival, Virginia Colonial Revival, and Dutch Colonial subcategories, and the related English Cottage Revival structures.

(See also architectural pattern books from the period, containing Colonial Revival examples.)

20 Hargrave Boulevard

20 Hargrave Boulevard is Chatham's most typical representative of Colonial Revival houses of the 1920's.

121 North Main

121 North Main Street could more specifically be called a Georgian Revival due to its symmetrical structure and formal entrance without portico.

544 South Main

544 South Main Street is a Colonial Revival Cottage with prominent rounded canopies over the windows, and columns and pediment framing the front entrance.

228 North Main

228 North Main, a Colonial Revival Cottage with a prominent rounded canopy over the fanlighted front entrance, and fan windows in the dormers. It was built during the late 1930's for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen Terry. Frank Terry's mother, daughter of local notable Henry Clay Allen, had during the previous two decades developed a remarkable Colonial Revival garden (no longer in existence) at her home at 3961 Spring Garden Road, 9 miles southeast of Chatham. After some consideration, Mr. and Mrs. Terry decided to build their new home in Chatham rather than in association with his parents' property at Spring Garden.

325 Military Drive

325 Military Drive is an unadorned Colonial Revival cottage which suggests the beginnings of evolution into the Ranch Style.


1002 South Main Street, Whitecello, stands in a category by itself, a conscious tribute by Joseph Whitehead, Jr., to the architecture of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson's architecture is often referred to as “Classical Revival,” so this twentieth-century example could theoretically be called “Classical Revival Revival.”


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