Blue Ridge Farm
Blue Ridge Farm, originally designed by renowned New York architect William Lawrence Bottomly, with gardens by equally renowned landscape architect Charles Gillette, is considered one of Albemarle County’s most beautiful homes. The Georgian Revival, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had fallen into disrepair and lost much of its original 1920s character, but a lifeline came with its purchase by new owners in 2002. After extensive research on original finishes, the home has become a perfect setting to showcase an antique furniture and art collection, yet it is comfortable enough for a family with three children. Alexander Nicholson worked with architect Madison Spencer on a long and extensive restoration and update. The 12,000 square foot residence with 33 public rooms was restored. Bottomly’s detailed woodwork was revealed, and missing interior columns replaced. A sun porch off the dark-paneled library was enclosed, now featuring large windows, a plaster ceiling and cornices to compliment an original flagstone floor. A reimagined basement is now a wine cellar for 5,000 bottles. Many materials used in the restoration were salvaged from the property. In 2006, the restoration was recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior National Register of Historic Places, and in 2007, it was recognized by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities Thomas Jefferson Chapter Honor Award. It has been published in Virginia Living Magazine, Garden & Gun Magazine and Antiques & Fine Art Magazine.