Built in 1889 by Samuel and Cynthia Stephenson, this lovely Queen Anne Victorian style home stands on Bradford Street in Charleston, West Virginia, between the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and Virginia Street. The house has been fully restored internally and externally. It retains many classic features of a Queen Anne Victorian home, such as wood siding, a corner turret, large porch and slate roof.
The 1889 Victorian house as it appears today.
Backstory and Context
Samuel Stephenson and his wife Cynthia, built this home in 1889. Samuel was born in Nicholas County, West Virginia in 1859.1 He served as a state deputy revenue collector and city councilman, but his rise to fame came through his business in the oil, gas and coal industries.2
1 Walking Tour Guide of Charleston's Historic East End. Charleston, West Virginia. 4. 2 http://www.wvencyclopedia.org/exhibits/23?section=28