Buena Vista (Roanoke, Virginia)

Buena Vista is a historic plantation house located in Roanoke, Virginia. It was built about 1840, and is a two-story, brick Greek Revival style dwelling with a shallow hipped roof and two-story, three-bay wing. The front facade features a massive two-story diastyle Greek Doric order portico. Buena Vista was built for George Plater Tayloe and his wife, Mary (Langhorne) Tayloe. George was the son of John Tayloe III and Anne Ogle Tayloe of the noted plantation Mount Airy in Richmond County and who built The Octagon House in Washington D.C.. The property was acquired by the City of Roanoke in 1937, and was used as a city park and recreation center.[3]

Buena Vista
Buena Vista in 2014
Buena Vista (Roanoke, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Buena Vista (Roanoke, Virginia)
Buena Vista (Roanoke, Virginia) is located in the United States
Buena Vista (Roanoke, Virginia)
LocationPenmar Ave. and 9th St., Roanoke, Virginia
Coordinates37°15′50″N 79°55′28″W / 37.26389°N 79.92444°W / 37.26389; -79.92444Coordinates: 37°15′50″N 79°55′28″W / 37.26389°N 79.92444°W / 37.26389; -79.92444
Area20 acres (8.1 ha)
Builtc. 1840 (1840)
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference #74002244[1]
VLR #128-0001
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 30, 1974
Designated VLRJanuary 15, 1974[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

Earlier History

There are handwritten notes on the deed card that describe a much earlier history of the property. “The first building on this tract was log and frame. In 1853 a brick building was built by Geo. P. Tayloe. In 1889 George P. Tayloe enlarged and modernized the present building. David Bryan, Sr. will called this building the mansion house. The Tayloe papers refer to it as Roanoke – and later as Buena Vista. This tract was originally called the “Bottoms” and at the lower end was the Totera town visited by Batts Wood and Fallam in Sept 1671.” Ownership History

Date Grantor Grantor
Oct 24, 1752 Crown Grant to Charles Campbell
Aug 17, 1753 Charles Campbell to David Bryan
1787 William Bryan and David Bryan Jr to Tolliver Craig
1779 Tolliver Craig to Thomas Madison
1801 John H Madison (son) to Samuel G. Adams
Samuel G. Adams to George Hancock, Sr.
George Hancock, Sr. to George Hancock, Jr.
Jun, 1823 George Hancock Jr. (son) to William Langhorne
1833 William Langhorne to George P. Tayloe
Dec 23, 1890 George P. Tayloe to M.M. Rogers
Dec 24, 1891 M.M. Rogers to Virginia T. Rogers
Feb 8, 1937 Tayloe, Rogers, et al. to City of Roanoke VA
Nov 22, 2011 City of Roanoke VA to Scott and Ascension Horchler


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (January 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Buena Vista" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo