Home & Garden

Inside A West Virginia Time Piece

A look inside at a new house that tells a centuries-long story

December/January 2016

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The facade of John C. Allen, Jr.’s twenty-first-century home, in locally mined limestone, was built to look as if it were constructed in the early 1800s.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Two wings added to the limestone facade were made to look as if they were built over many decades.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Vandalia sits along a scenic stretch of the Potomac River that faces Antietam National Battlefield.

photo: Patricia Lyons

The dining room.

photo: Patricia Lyons

The walnut-stained railing in the entry.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Period-appropriate millwork in the master bedroom.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Slipcovered sofas strike a casual note in the living room.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Period-appropriate millwork.

photo: Patricia Lyons

John C. Allen Jr.’s favorite vintage leather chair in the library.

photo: Patricia Lyons

A view through the library.

photo: Patricia Lyons

The airy kitchen opens to a sitting room and hearth with windows that overlook the Potomac.

photo: Patricia Lyons

Allen at home on the back porch.

photo: Patricia Lyons

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