Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia


Home of JoAnn and Paul Guay

187 South Massanutten Street 1905

A fine example of a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1905 by Richard Henry Lee; this home was built on the cusp between the late Victorian and early Craftsman style architectural periods, and so contains elements of both. Lee's wife, the former Sara Ellen Cooley, occupied the home for 70 years. Her daughter Mary Lee Wolf and husband Hal lived there until it was sold out of the family in 1980. The current owners, Paul and JoAnn Guay, bought it in 2012.

From the scalloped siding of the gable end to the spindle work and unusual carpenter's lace of the front porch to the still-functioning old metal doorbell, there is a wonderful touch of whimsy about this house that strikes you even before entering. The front hallway confirms this impression as the stairway is reversed so that it is entered at the rear forming a kind of interior dormer effect partway down the hall. A fabulous "Cannonball" newel post with rose medallions is irresistible and polished to a gloss by generations of hands.

One can enter the dining room and living room through doors at the end of the hall. The dining room contains an original built-in china cupboard.

To the right of the hallway is the parlor, which once contained a parlor stove fireplace which is now closed, though the Victorian mantel remains. An angled wail at the back lends interest and diversion to the room and large oak pocket doors lead to a living room beyond. Walls in this room are of piaster and lath. The living room also contains a parlor stove fireplace with a mantel decorated in the craftsman style. A door leads from this room to a screened porch which originally was open as part of the wrap-around front porch. A large opening which once framed French doors leading to a large porch now leads to a kitchen created in the 1920's.

Please notice two beautiful gourds designed and decorated by Paul which sit on a hail table flanking an exquisite decoupage tray made by his mother, Barbara Guay, the author and illustrator of children's books, "Ursula's Tales". Also note the paintings and drawings of the Guay's son Jesse which are on display.