One of the earliest homes to be built on Monument Avenue hit the market this week.
The Blair House, at 2327 Monument Ave., was listed Monday for $2.85 million. The 1913 mansion, unique for its two-story, four-columned portico, faces the Jefferson Davis monument at the crossroads of Monument and Davis avenues.
With 23 rooms totaling 8,400 square feet, the Colonial Revival home was built six years after the Davis monument was unveiled, according to a historical survey by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It was designed by architect Walter D. Blair, who built the home for Lewis H. Blair, a Confederate veteran and local businessman whose relationship to the builder is not known.
Property records list the current owner as the Jeffrey P. and Karen L. Walker trust. The Walkers purchased the property in 2011. Jeffrey Walker is a vice president and chief medical officer at Altria.
Ed Andrews of Long & Foster is the listing agent.
The 2½-story home features six bedrooms, eight renovated bathrooms and two half baths, along with a finished basement and wine cellar, an eat-in kitchen, a three-car garage plus a single-car garage, and a backyard garden area with a fountain and pond.
The most recent city assessment valued the property at $1.9 million.
According to the Department of the Interior survey, the house is the only Monument Avenue home to feature a two-story portico, which consists of four fluted columns, a classical entablature and ornate pediment.
The document, titled “Monument Avenue: History and Culture,” states the home was strategically located to face the Davis monument and “recollects Southern plantation homes of a bygone era.”
Interestingly, the original owner, Lewis Blair, is described as having startled his fellow Richmonders with his 1889 book, entitled “Prosperity of the South Dependent upon the Elevation of the Negro,” which, according to the document, “discussed the oppression of blacks in American culture and encouraged equality among the races.”
The research states Blair lived at the house only three years before he died in 1916. He was 80 when the house was built and lived there with six children. Several mantels, chandeliers and mirrors in the home were brought over from his previous house on East Grace Street.
The listing is the latest Monument Avenue mansion to hit the market in the past year. Just a few doors down from Blair House, a Mediterranean-style mansion sold in March for $2.2 million. Last fall, three homes on the avenue sold within the same month, including a newer mansion near the Stonewall Jackson monument.