Flanked by three white towering chimneys that rise up to 30 feet (9 meters), T W Ryan Architecture’s Three Chimney House just outside Charlottesville, Virginia pays tribute to the area’s natural landscape and its historic colonial homes, while underlining the owners’ deep roots in the region.
The stately Y-shaped structure adopts the pure and primitive form of a traditional plantation home for its exteriors, referencing Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello house with its natural copper roof and the chimneys of the 18th-century Statford Hall. And while this aesthetic continues in the interiors, the studio made sure to add modern touches to keep with the times. Using a material palette of white brick, light wood and marble floors, the home opens up via the Main Hall – a large room of dramatic double-height ceilings. A fireplace separates the living area from the homey, open plan kitchen and dining room. Distributed across the other volumes of the house is a residential wing of two bedrooms and an upstairs master suite, and a guest house/art studio. Throughout the home, generous openings offer picturesque views of the Shenandoah Mountains.