M. Ree Ellis House. 1910s

325 Chestnut Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Two-story Colonial Revival house of stretcher brick-veneer frame construction with an asphalt-shingle hip roof with hipped dormers with fluted pilaster surrounds. The one-story front porch has square-section brick pillars, sections of brick railing and turned balusters with paneled piers, and a roof-level balcony. The recessed front entry has an elliptical fanlight, decorative sidelights, and a fluted classical surround. Other features include an exterior side brick chimney, three-part first-story front windows with Craftsman upper sash, 6/6 windows elsewhere, and a two-tier back porch with square-section brick pillars on the first tier and wood posts and a beaded matchboard railing on the second tier. A brick retaining wall with a concrete coping extends across the front of the lot, and there is a parking lot on the alley behind. Waynesboro contractor M. Ree Ellis built this house for his own use. Later it was owned by the Rev. L. H. Paul, who in 1935 appears to have rented a portion of the house to Mrs. John R. Phillips Jr. (James K. Wright)

National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form 2/4/02