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Mirador
Mirador Greenwood Albemarle County Virginia by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1926.jpg
Mirador, photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1926
Location 7459 Mirador Farm Rd., US 250, Greenwood, Virginia
Area 32 acres (13 ha)
Built 1842, 1920s
Architect Delano, William Adams
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference No. 83003256
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 7, 1983

Mirador is a historic home located near Greenwood, Albemarle County, Virginia. It was built in 1842 by James Bowen, and is a two-story, brick structure on a raised basement in the Federal style. It has a deck-on-hip roof capped by a Chinese lattice balustrade. The front facade features a portico with paired Tuscan order columns. The house was renovated in the 1920s by noted New York architect William Adams Delano (1874-1960), who transformed the house into a Georgian Revival mansion.

Mirador was the childhood home of Nancy Langhorne Astor, who was born in Danville, Virginia. Her father Chiswell Langhorne's finances were decimated by the American Civil War, but he later made a fortune in the tobacco business and railroads and was able to purchase Mirador. Nancy Langhorne, later Lady Astor, lived at the home from 1892 to 1897, and her sister Irene, later the wife of artist Charles Dana Gibson and a model for the Gibson Girl, also spent part of her youth at the estate.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

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