DEATH OF A MANSION

"It is always sad when a place like this is bought by investors and left to rot - happens too often."

-Kristen Kirchen
(Iron Dog Preservation, LLC)





Damage to the roof of the rear portion of the mansion allowed water to pour in for 20 years, severely damaging several portions of the home.

Interior: Former Beauty and Tragic Decay

Thanks to generous photo contributions from former owners Nelson and Marsha Bolt, professional photographer Ryan Murtagh and photographer Heather Beach, we have the rare privilege of seeing the mansion's former beauty and its heartbreaking decay side-by-side. 

All photographs are protected by personal copyrights.

Exterior: Before and After

Photo Contributors:  The Dunnington Family, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Heather Beach and Bryan Sansivero

All photographs are protected by copyrights and/or DHR rules and regulations. 

Photograph courtesy of the Dunnington Family

Photograph courtesy of Heather Beach

Photograph courtesy of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources: Circa 1990s

Photograph courtesy of Bryan Sansivero

Photograph courtesy of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources: Circa 1990s

Photograph courtesy of Bryan Sansivero: 2020

Photograph courtesy of  Nelson and Marsha Bolt

Photograph courtesy of Bryan Sansivero 2020

Photo courtesy of the Dunnington Family: Circa 1920s

Photograph courtesy of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources: 2009

Photograph courtesy of Nelson and Marsha Bolt

Photograph courtesy of Bryan Sansivero 2020

Photograph courtesy of Nelson and Marsha Bolt

Photograph courtesy of Heather Beach

Photograph courtesy of Nelson and Marsha Bolt

Photograph courtesy of Heather Beach

Additional Images from the Contributing Photographers

Enjoy a tour of the house through the lenses of our contributing photographers Ryan Murtagh, Heather Beach and Bryan Sansivero. A culmination of six trips by the three different photographers, these galleries capture the underlying beauty and tragic decay with differing styles and artistic interpretation.

The current property owners keep a close eye on the manor and trespassing is not tolerated. Special permission to enter the property was granted for the purpose of historical research and documentation.All photographs are protected by personal copyrights. 

Ryan Murtagh

Photos courtesy of Ryan Murtagh: www.murtaghmasterpieces.com

All photographs are protected by personal copyrights.

Heather Beach

Photos courtesy of Heather Beach

All photographs are protected by personal copyrights.

Bryan Sansivero

Photos courtesy of  Brian Sansivero: www.bryansansivero.com

All photographs are protected by personal copyrights.