Kent-Valentine House Centennial Campaign


Built in 1845, the Kent-Valentine House is an example of both Greek and Colonial Revival architecture. It is the only remaining residential structure known to be designed by renowned Boston architect, Isaiah Rogers. The GCV acquired the historic property in 1971 and transformed the residence into a functional office space without compromising its architectural integrity. It is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and is protected by a Virginia Historic Preservation easement. The Kent-Valentine House serves as a gathering place for GCV member clubs, a host to local community events, and a hub for Historic Garden Week.

We are completing a $325,000 restoration project to preserve the historical integrity of the house.

The schedule of work includes:

  • Replacing the metal seam roof
  • Painting the interior and exterior
  • Renovating the 3rd floor meeting space
  • Repairing and reupholstering furniture
  • Conserving seven gold-gilded mirrors

With the generosity of our members and friends we have successfully raised $274,000 for this project. We ask for your support to help us fund $51,000 still needed to conserve the remaining gold-gilded mirrors on the first floor. 

The three pier mirrors and four over-mantel mirrors, all on the first floor of Kent-Valentine House, were gifts to the Garden Club of Virginia from the Valentine Family in 1971, upon purchase of the home. Gilded in 23.75 karat gold, these mirrors are American-made in the late 19th century.

Your gift will ensure that these treasures are part of the GCV’s Kent-Valentine House for future generations to enjoy. Thank you for helping us to preserve her splendor.

For more information, contact Lexie Haglund at 804-643-4137 or