The Scotts, who had previously lived in a nearby townhouse, knew the firm’s principals, William Noland and Henry Baskervill, socially, and they attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Noland.
The Scotts first asked Noland & Baskervill to design a striking Norman Revival-style carriage house. Then work shifted to the house itself.
The firm produced floorplan and elevation drawings for the house in 1907, but it continued to make design changes and detail drawings up to 1910. The Scotts moved into the house on Dec. 10, 1910.
Although the house appears to be two stories tall from the street, it actually has three stories – and more than 18,700 square feet of living space.
A revolutionary statement
“When it was completed, the Scott House was a revolutionary architectural statement,” Novelli said. “With its tall classical columns and light-colored stone cladding, it was a striking contrast to the medieval towers and turrets of its Victorian neighbors.”
The first-floor formal rooms were designed as a gallery of styles, with each room having its own stylistic identity.
Ferruccio Legnaioli, an Italian artist and sculptor working in Richmond, created the marble mantels in the formal rooms, along with the marble caryatid radiator cover in the breakfast room.