1 Wedding Cake House, Martinsville, Virginia

December 29, 2013 | By

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1 Wedding Cake House, Martinsville, Virginia
Tiered wedding cake
Image by Universal Pops
A series of 7 photos

In 1918 G. T. Lester, the founder of the Lester Lumber Company in Martinsville, Virginia, designed and built this unusual-looking brick home. Because of the seeming layers (and, perhaps, the white color) the house has become known as the Wedding Cake House. The style is the “catch-all” category called Exotic-Revival. The tiered stories, the roofline with the projecting piers, the central tower, the corbelled brickwork and the arcaded porch collectively contribute to the castle-like appearance of the home, although the structure is not extremely large.

The main floor sits upon a raised basement; the smaller second level is a cube resting upon the first story; the third level, the tower, is yet another cube, but it’s set at right angles to the other two floors. At the rear is a vinyl-covered one-story garage addition. The key to the house seems to be the central tower or core, which contains the stairs, original bathroom, and cooling and heating systems, the ducts created by open brickwork in the thick walls. The floor plan of the first level (according to the VDHR) consists of 4 identical triangular-shaped rooms with iron grilles for heating and cooling; no fireplaces exist. They would logically narrow closer to the central section.

The exterior walls of the structure are three bricks thick. They contain a number of decorative elements—the raised brick that outlines the arched porch bays, the crenellated parapet, the corbelled and patterned brickwork at the cornice lines, and belt courses. The flat roof has projecting piers that help create the appearance of battlements. An arcaded wraparound porch on three sides provides a sense of size to the structure; the piers of the arches extend to the ground suggesting stability of structure, and the corbelling pattern of the parapet walls is enlarged and repeated in the porch walls. The front door has no surround but does have decorative panels. The windows on the first two stories are single sash with a single-light window capped by a stained-glass transom. The windows on the third story are multi-paned.

The house is located at 308 Starling Drive in Martinsville and seems to be in superb condition. It’s included in the East Church Street/Starling Avenue Historic District, an area of residences from late 19th to early 20th century. [DHR ID # for the district is #120-5002 and for the house #120-0007.] This district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006-- #06000805

Source: Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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Comments (26)

  1. lcm1863

    How unusual! Beautiful home.

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  3. tcpix

    Really great shot! This is the first time I’ve heard of this place.

  4. saigneurdeguerre
  5. fegbm

    Unusual and interesting. I like it.

  6. Elisabeth Gaj

    Beautiful photo as seen in the group
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    Architectural Beauty !
    Please Invite other Architectural Favorites to this Group too !

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  8. De' Fiddler

    Very interesting!

  9. griffers

    What a beautifully designed brick home by a lumberman, no less!
    I like all the brick details and especially the diagonally placed tower.
    The structure is completely symmetrical except for the entrance.
    Great photo and description!

  10. k4eyv

    Wow ! Thanks for the commentary !

  11. coastwalker II

    interesting building

  12. DomiKetu

    Lovely piece of architecture!

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  13. e r j k p r u n c z y k

    That is amazing. What a handsome place!

  14. Thom Sheridan

    It truly does look like a cake. Did a baker live there?!

  15. NovumOpus

    Awesome, I drove by this a few weeks ago coming home from Radford and thought it deserved a photograph and inquiry. Thanks for both!

  16. JuneNY

    great picture and interesting info.

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    A very astute question, Thom!

  20. Maryland Route 5

    Who would imagine seeing a home like this in Martinsville, VA? At first glance, I thought it was a mosque.

  21. kwfwk

    Great shot. You are invited to join the group:
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  22. anoldent

    What a strange and interesting architectural find. That angled tower is unique, Thanks for sharing, and the history. Talk about thermal mass! It must be relatively cool in the summer. But for heat, one of the tower corners must be a concealed furnace chimney? I wonder if it was always painted white?

  23. cpastrychef

    Thanks for sharing this great shot. I posted it on this page on my site with attribution. Please take a look and let me know what you think . Thanks Much.


  24. ♥Dot Klerck....♥

    Wonderful, Dawn..this looks soo neat and soo yummy! Dot♥

  25. Dawnie's cakes

    Aww thank you! It did taste good I must admit! But I was mainly glad it got to the venue without melting as it was quite a warm day!