R.L. Stone House, Bassett, VA - Commonwealth Preservation Group

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R.L. Stone House, Bassett, VA

R.L. Stone House, Bassett, VA

R.L. Stone House, Bassett, VA

The R.L. Stone house is a nearly pristine example of the Classical Revival style located in Henry County, Virginia on its original nearly three acre site. The house is highlighted by a prominent full height entry porch and pediment supported by four colossal two story columns with Egyptian papyrus style capitals. The exterior and interior of the house retain most of the original details and features.

R.L. Stone House, Bassett, VA

R.L. Stone House, Bassett, VA

The house was built by Reed Lewis Stone and his wife, Nancy Susan “Dink” Stone. R.L. Stone was one of the four founders of Bassett Furniture. Bassett Furniture was one of the most important furniture companies of the twentieth century and one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world. Stone was also the largest builder in Bassett during his lifetime.

The house was found significant under Criterion B (significant person) because of its strong link to one of the founders of Bassett Furniture. It is also significant under Criterion C (Architecture) as an excellent example of large scale Classical Revival house design in the region. The house represents the success of R.L. Stone and Bassett Furniture and the prominent place of both within the community.

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