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Scott House exterior
  • VCU Scott House - exterior
  • VCU Scott House - exterior
  • VCU Scott House - exterior
  • VCU Scott House - exterior
  • VCU Scott House - exterior
  • VCU Scott House - exterior

Scott House exterior

Exterior

Strolling down West Franklin Street, one will notice the uniqueness of the grand mansion at 909. The exterior of the Scott House is unlike any of the other dwellings nearby.

The Scotts chose the Marble House, a Vanderbilt mansion in Newport, R.I., as the inspiration for their city mansion on Richmond’s most fashionable street. The Marble House, in fact, was patterned after the Petit Trianon in Versailles, which was built for Louis XV between 1762 and 1768. Like the Marble House and Petit Trianon, with their strong and imposing façades of towering columns, the Scott House conveys a feeling of wealth, power and leisure.

The exterior is Indiana limestone, which is quite durable to extreme temperatures. The windows are terra cotta. The colossal, fluted columns with Corinthian capitals greet guests entering the house. The terrace wraps around to the east where there is a portico used for entertaining. Under one’s feet are distinctive green tiles from the Grueby Faience and Tile Company. A porte-cochere on the west side adds balance to the home.

Behind the house is a large carriage house, created in an English style.