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Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage

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Built  1885
Opened  1885
Phone  +1 304-258-4000
Added to NRHP  28 November 1980
NRHP Reference #  80004035
Area  4,047 m²
Architectural style  Victorian architecture
Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage
Location  WV 9, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Address  276 Cacapon Rd, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, USA
Architects  Alfred B. Mullett, Snowden Ashford
Similar  Museum of the Berkeley, Prospect Peak, Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Castle, John Herbert Quick Ho

The Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage, also known as the Berkeley Castle, is located on a hill above Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The castle-like house was built for Colonel Samuel Taylor Suit of Washington, D.C. as a personal retreat near the spa town, beginning in 1885. It was not complete by the time of his death in 1888 and was finished in the early 1890s for his widow, Rosa Pelham Suit, whom Suit had first met at Berkeley Springs. The post 1888 work is of noticeably inferior quality.

The fifteen-room interior features a ballroom 50 feet (15.2 m) wide and 40 ft (12.2 m) long. The design is attributed to Washington architect Alfred B. Mullett, who is alleged to have drawn a rough sketch of the plan on a tablecloth at the Berkeley Springs Hotel. The design may have been based on elements of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Detailed design and construction supervision was carried out by Snowden Ashford, who designed Washington's Eastern Market. Mrs. Suit entertained lavishly at the house until her money ran out and the property was sold in 1913.

Snowden Ashford, also credited as an architect, apprenticed for Mullett.

The house is now privately owned and is available for rentals for special occasions.

References

Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage Wikipedia


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