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A front view of the Lyons House on Lyons Court

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The most frequent expression of the Greek Revival in the city is the unique “Pilastered House”. As the name suggests, its most distinguishing characteristic is the use of the two story high pilaster (square columns attached to the wall) on the facade of a building and sometimes of the rear facade. By their very nature, pilasters are cheaper and easier to build than free standing columns and by this fact reaffirms the conservative nature of the local building industry.  Received by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on February 23, 1995 from the sister of the photographer, Miss Evelina Magruder, in a two volume collection of photos, known as the Alaville Magruder Collection. 

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Sandra DeKay says - April 27, 2010

This house, still standing, is at the junction of Lyons Court Lane and Cargill Lane, just east of Park Street. Built around 1850.

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