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Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dold Building, ca. 1820

Historic Lexington

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
1. Dold Building, ca. 1820 Marker
Inscription.  The oldest part of this building dates from ca. 1820 and was built as a residence for John Irvine by the local firm of Jordan and Darst. The original side passage, one room plan was enlarged in 1826 by Samuel Darst and the line marking the addition is still clearly visible in the fine Flemish bond brick façade. A noteworthy feature, typical of Federal style buildings in the area is the molded brick cornice. In 1830, Samuel M. Dold bought the building and it remained in his family for the next 114 years. In 1851, when the city undertook the project to lower the streets, this building received an underpinning of a whole story. The original front door was made to open on a balcony and a side door was bricked over. H.O. Dold, who ran a general store popular with generations of students and townsfolk, was responsible for adding the window-bay storefront in 1896. In 1973, the building was part of Historic Lexington Foundation's pilot project to restore the downtown.
 
Erected by Historic Lexington Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
Dold Building, ca. 1820 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
2. Dold Building, ca. 1820 Marker
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Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1820.
 
Location. 37° 47.109′ N, 79° 26.505′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on North Main Street (Business U.S. 11) just north of East Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 N Main St, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frank Padget (here, next to this marker); Gen. George S. Patton (a few steps from this marker); Cyrus H. McCormick (a few steps from this marker); George C. Marshall (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Ephraim McDowell (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Sorrel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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Jun. 20, 2021