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Lewis Mountain

Coordinates: 38°2′29″N 78°31′19″W / 38.04139°N 78.52194°W / 38.04139; -78.52194
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Lewis Mountain
Distant view from below
Lewis Mountain is located in Virginia
Lewis Mountain
Lewis Mountain is located in the United States
Lewis Mountain
Location1 Lewis Mountain Pkwy, near Charlottesville, Virginia
Coordinates38°2′29″N 78°31′19″W / 38.04139°N 78.52194°W / 38.04139; -78.52194
Area42.3 acres (17.1 ha)
Built1909 (1909)-1912
ArchitectEugene Bradbury, Warren H. Manning
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference No.09001052[1]
VLR No.002-0923
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 7, 2009
Designated VLRSeptember 17, 2009[2]

Lewis Mountain, also known as Onteora, is a historic home located near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia. It was designed in 1909, and completed in 1912. The house is a three-part plan granite dwelling, consisting of a nearly square center section flanked by one-story, flat-roofed wings in the Colonial Revival style. It features a massive wooden cornice employing a simplified version of the Roman Doric order of Vignola, a deck-on-hip roof with pedimented dormers at its base, and a portico with four Doric order columns. It also has a one-story, tetrastyle Tuscan portico that serves as a porte cochere. The steeply sloped property features a landscape designed by Warren H. Manning with a series of three terraces with tall dry-laid stone retaining walls.[3]

An urban legend states that the house, which overlooks the campus of the University of Virginia (whose students are nicknamed "Hoos"), inspired Dr. Seuss to create the character of the Grinch, who scornfully looks down upon the "Whos" from his mountaintop residence.[4]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  3. ^ Calder Loth (July 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Lewis Mountain" (PDF). and Accompanying four photos
  4. ^ "All the 'Hoos Down in 'Hooville: The Persistent Myth of the Grinch in Charlottesville | Boundary Stones". boundarystones.weta.org. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2024-05-19.