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Estouteville is an estate listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed on the VLR on April19, 1977 and the National Register of Historic Places on January 30, 1978. [1]

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Estouteville is a 10,000 square foot estate designed by James Dinsmore in the Palladian style. It is situated on 350 acres. The estate's current resident is Beatrix Ost, a German-born artist and designer.[2][3]

Narrative from Virginia Landmarks Registry

"Chief among the architectural works designed and built by Thomas Jefferson’s workmen is the grand country house of Estouteville, the creation of James Dinsmore, an Irish master builder who had worked for Jefferson at both Monticello and the University of Virginia. The unusually large dwelling, set off by a monumental Tuscan portico on each front, was begun in 1827 and completed in 1830 for John Coles III, member of a family responsible for several of the county’s substantial houses. Working from ancient Roman precedent as interpreted in the books of Andrea Palladio, Dinsmore produced a masterpiece in what may be regarded as America’s first native academic style. With its porticoed facades and lofty interiors, few buildings better meet Jefferson’s ideal of an architecturally refined seat suitable for the young Republic’s landed families or so well conform to the popular image of a patrician southern homestead. Estouteville is located in the Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District."

Community History Series

In 1973, the Jefferson Cable Corporation filmed a brief documentary narrated by Bernard Chamberlain describing the house and its historical importance.




  1. Web. 002-0032 Estouteville, Virginia Landmarks Register, December 12, 2019, retrieved January 27, 2020.
  2. Web. Outré, yet Uncontrived, Sarah Sargent, Virginia Living, April 11, 2011, retrieved January 27, 2020.
  3. Web. Artist in wonderland: Beatrix Ost authors bestseller, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, June 21, 2007, retrieved January 27, 2020. Print. June 21, 2007 , 625, .