Exterior

The Bolling Haxall House at 211 East Franklin Street is the finest example of the Italian Villa style in Richmond, Virginia.  Located in the Historic Corridor, it is a Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register for Historic Places.

Important exterior characteristics of the Bolling Haxall House include cast iron lintels with stone sills.  Double-arched iron lintels are decorated with coats-of-arms in the centers and pendants at each end.  The balustrade over the entrance is a reproduction of the original to the House and represents the first major restoration project of The Woman’s Club through members’ donations to the Historic Richmond Foundation designated to the care of the House.  The original balustrade fell into disrepair and was reproduced using 150 year old Florida cypress.  In addition, the House has an elaborate double-bracketed dentil cornice and is crowned with a belvedere.

Flanking the entrance, are two horse-head hitching posts that originally stood on Capital Square where Virginia’s early legislators tied their horses and carriages.  Surrounding the front yard is the graceful, cast-iron fence, which has been attributed to Richmond’s master ironworker, George Lownes, featuring an intricate rosette design.