Rose Cottage in Louisa, Virginia

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This sweetheart of a cottage is for sale in Louisa, Virginia.

It was built in the year 1860.

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/
image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

My first impression was that this house was built in the carpenter (or folk) Gothic Revival style but the listing agent describes it as an “antebellum board & batten home, built from an Andrew Jackson Downing cottage design.”

And to back this claim up, in the listing photos the agent included a drawing of the cottage design from Andrew Jackson Downing’s 1842 publication A Domestic Revolution: Cottage Residences :

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Yep, this particular home is definitely an Andrew Jackson Downing design, but he was famous for Gothic Revival cottages, so I’m wondering where the “antebellum” comes in.

Antebellum simply means pre-war, as in, before the American Civil War. But when applied to architecture, antebellum refers to a style characterized by neoclassical and Greek revival style plantation houses and mansions – not gingerbread board and batten cottages!

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/
image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Perhaps I am over thinking this whole thing. I’ve read that everything old in the south is referred to as “antebellum”.

So let us just enjoy looking at this lovely pre-war folk Gothic cottage, shall we…

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/
image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Rose Cottage boasts many original features including the wood floors, high baseboards, and nine fireplaces!

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Taking a closer look in the office – you can see it has the original pressed tin ceiling:

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

The kitchen is modernized but still retains that old southern cottage charm thanks to the plantation shutters and the beadboard ceiling….

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/
image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Each of the 4 bedrooms has a fireplace:

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

And under all that carpeting is the preserved original heart pine flooring.

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

The exterior board and batten is made from Southern hard pine and is original to the structure!

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image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Lots of roses amongst the mature landscaping – giving this cottage its namesake.

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Price for Rose Cottage?

$369,000

A board and batten beauty and a rarity in the American south!

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Sources:

http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

http://www.charlottesville-virginia.com/Charlottesville-Real-Estate

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson_Downing

 

 

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