Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 5, 1992):
This was the home of Fiske Kimball (1881-1955), one of the greatest and most complex figures in the history of art in the United States. Through his brilliant book Thomas Jefferson, Architect (1916), Kimball was directly responsible for restoring the former president's reputation as an architect. Kimball's jewel-like house, like Jefferson's Monticello, sits on a mountain near Charlottesville with wonderful commanding views of Albermarle County. The house is at once a clear, strong statement of the Classical style, with exquisite detailing applied with such skill that it takes a few moments to realize the house is a miniature, a distillation of the Farmington plan.