The corner of Eleventh and Federal Streets is the neighborhood’s high point and has been the site of at least two imposing homes. In 1909, David Howard, a prominent law partner, purchased the property and demolished the existing c.1858 Italianate home to build his new mansion. He commissioned renowned Lynchburg architect, Aubrey Chesterman, to design a new home in the popular Georgian Revival style complete with 4 1/2 baths, gas lights, and steam heat.
The Howard family lived in the home until 1960. Three additional owners lived at Federal Crest until Ann and Phil Ripley purchased it in 1994 to make it the Federal Crest Inn Bed and Breakfast, as well as their home.
Today, the Federal Crest Inn Bed and Breakfast is one of Central Virginia’s most beautiful and sought-after historic inns.