Westwood (McGuire Cottage), 3210 Brook Road

Year Built: 1880s-1890s

Architectural Style: Italianate Cottage    

Neighborhood: Sherwood Park

Historic Richmond is currently monitoring the Union Presbyterian Seminary’s development plan for a 36-acre tract in Sherwood Park that includes the historic Westwood house, locally known as McGuire Cottage.

Westwood was the summer home of Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire, personal physician to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Lewis Ginter, and one of the founders of the Medical College of Virginia.

Originally the house was a Vernacular one-and-a-half story dwelling built on a Flemish bond foundation. The structure evolved over several building campaigns and took on the appearance of an Italianate Cottage style house. Additions reoriented the front of the building by the 1880s-1890s.

The main section of the house is a cross-gable plan and features a large tri-partite window in the upper story of the front cross-gable. The front porch is ornamented with turned and carved wood details.  A free standing staircase remains a defining feature in the front entrance hall.

The Union Presbyterian Seminary purchased the home shortly following Dr. McGuire’s death in the 20th century, when it was added onto and converted into apartments for married students. The house has been vacant and used by the college for storage since the mid-1990s.

For more information on the architectural history of the McGuire cottage click here.