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James W. Hunter House, 1894

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
1. James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker
Inscription. James Wilson Hunter (1850-1931) was a prominent Norfolk merchant, banker and civic leader. In 1894 he commissioned Boston architect W.P. Wentworth to design and build this impressive town home for his family on West Freemason Street. The design represents the Romanesque Revival style of architecture made popular by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson in the late 1800s. James and his wife Lizzie Ayer Barnes Hunter had three children. None of the children married and all lived out their lives in this house. James W. Hunter, Jr. (1878-1940) served as a medic in World War I and was later a noted physician specializing in the fields of cardiology and radiology. The Hunter sisters, Harriett Cornelia (1880-1958) and Eloise Dexter (1885-1965), were very active in local, state and national patriotic and genealogical societies. As the last surviving member of the family, Eloise left her family home and its collection to be used as a museum of Victorian architecture and decorative arts. A foundation created by her estate refurbished the house and administers the museum today.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.139′ N, 76° 17.555′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Freemason
James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker
Street and Duke Street, on the right when traveling west on West Freemason Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 W Freemason St, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Freemason Street Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Norfolk Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norfolk College for Young Ladies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Observation Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Tazewell (approx. 0.2 miles away); USS Norfolk Bell (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .  Hunter House Victorian Museum. (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
3. James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker
James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
4. James W. Hunter House, 1894 Marker
(left) The Hunter children, left to right, Harriett, James, Eloise. (center) The refurbished parlor featuring eclectic furnishings and original art Family photo courtesy of the Hunter House Victorian Museum. (right) Jame Wilson Hunter (1850-1931)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 536 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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