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More Than Century-Old Virginia Home With Octagon-Shaped Library to Hit Auction Block

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100+ year old house in Virginia auction Block next week without reservation.

Located in downtown Suffolk, Virginia, this 8,500-square-foot home will be available for sale at an on-site event on August 19th.

Built in 1909 for a wealthy businessman, this red-brick house boasts a portico with six white columns and “an enormous third floor that was once the Grand Ballroom.”


Known as the Truitt House, the building is listed as being added to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1980s. According to the listing, the house was restored by Seth Ballard of Virginia-based Ballard + Mensua Architecture and is currently operating as a bed and breakfast.

Owner Ruth Baker credits Mr. Ballard with guiding him through the “challenging” restoration process, but also notes that the original design was excellent.

“The architect was a genius,” she said. “In an article I found in a Richmond library, he was quoted in an article that was printed around the time the house was built, and said he was given the freedom to do whatever he wanted. rice field.”

The result was a wall thickness of 16 inches, Baker explained. Plus, she added, there’s an octagonal library made entirely of rare Curly Her Pine, from the floor to the bookshelves. The room also has green walls, four sets of French doors, and a fireplace.

The chef’s kitchen on the ground floor just so happens to be perfect for a chef. According to the listing, Butler’s pantry features custom-built cabinets, a Thermador 6-burner gas range with three ovens, a farm sink and countertops made from 200-year-old cypress.


The house has 6 bedrooms, each with a marble bathroom. The main bedroom suite also has a seating area and private balcony.

Baker bought the property at auction for $440,000 in 2012, according to property records. After 10 years, she said she was ready to be closer to her family and decided to go auction route instead of the traditional listing process.

“It’s clearly a unique property,” she said. “I thought, with a house like this in a place like this, I could have a sign in my yard forever. I wanted a little more control.”

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