Patteson-Schutte House

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The Patteson-Schutte House is a historic house located on the south side of the James River in Richmond, Virginia. It is likely to be one of the earliest extant buildings within the City of Richmond. It was built sometime between 1725 and 1750 by James Patteson, the overseer of a south side plantation owned by William Byrd III, son of William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. At the time of the Patteson-Schutte House construction, William Byrd III was living at Westover Plantation in Charles City County. It is currently owned by Historic Richmond Foundation, who purchased the property in March 2006.

Architectural Description[edit]

Patteson-Schutte is a 1.5 story Transitional style frame structure with basement. End chimneys, which are slightly off-center, and a steep peaked roof are iconic architectural elements of Southern Colonial vernacular architecture.[1]

A 2006 survey of Patteson-Schutte conducted by Calder Loth, Senior Architectural Historian at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, states, "While not a grand house, it was a residence of the gentry class, a carefully constructed, distinctly Virginia structure worthy of preservation. While originally built as a Chesterfield County planter's residence, today it is among the very few 18th century frame structures within the city limits of Richmond."

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Katie Kelley, Architectural Historian, Historic Richmond Foundation