Leo and Nell Mehler House. 1910s

401 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Story-and-a-half Craftsman house with a stucco exterior and an asphalt-shingled gable roof with a long shed dormer and three eyebrow dormers above. The engaged front porch has stout Doric columns (apparently masonry) and a beaded matchboard ceiling. Other features include a south-end exterior brick chimney, a recessed front entry with transom and sidelights, a lunette in the north gable, and 6/6 and casement windows. A terraced front yard and a flight of concrete steps with pipe handrails descend to a poured-concrete retaining wall along the street. Leo Mehler, an orchardist, and his wife Nell Walker Mehler were the original owners of this house. Leo Mehler was in the tobacco business, and he and his wife summered in Waynesboro before deciding to move there permanently. According to Mehler family tradition, Nell Mehler designed the house. Walter G. Ellison lived here in 1935. (Helen Ogden; James K. Wright)

Garage. 1910s
One-story frame with Tl-11 and stucco exterior, an asphalt-shingled gable roof with a circular gable vent, and a garden shed addition.

Outbuilding. 1st half 20th c.
One-story frame building (possibly a meathouse) with weatherboard siding, an asphalt-shingled gable roof, and a provisional railroad tie foundation that suggests the building was recently moved to its present location.

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