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A Herndon antebellum home will be the centerpiece of a new development being built by a Fairfax developer.

Lawrence K. Doll is the owner and founder of Fairfax-based Lawrence Doll Company, a real estate development company formed in 1980.

In 1995, Doll started Lawrence Doll Homes, which constructs “semi-custom” homes that often are tailored to the communities in which they are built.

Last week, in Herndon, the company moved a pre-Civil War home several hundred feet, to 820 Monroe St., within a site for a new development called Monroe Hills, which Doll will build.

The house will be renovated and sold as a residential unit within the subdivision.

According to Carol Bruce, president of the Herndon Historical Society, the home, known as the Payne/Yount House, pre-dates the Civil War and has had three owners.

The house originally was built as a summer home for a wealthy resident of Washington, D.C., around 1850, according to Bruce. It was sold in 1861 to Ephraim Yount; the Younts were one of the first farming families in Herndon.

World War II veteran Col. Carl Payne purchased the home from the Younts in 1968 and sold the house and the accompanying two-acre property to Doll Homes in 2006 for about $2 million.

According to Fairfax County tax records, the home itself was last valued at $670,000.

According to Doll Homes, new homes built within the Monroe Hill development will be constructed in the Craftsman Bungalow style--typically characterized as having a low-pitched roof and a horizontal shape-- to match surrounding homes in Herndon.

The new development will be within one of Herndon’s historic districts.The company has already constructed two subdivisions within Herndon — Heritage Chase and Heritage Chase II.

“There are a lot of Craftsman-era homes in Herndon,” Lange said. “That is one of the things that influenced our decision to build that architectural style in this community."

Moving the Payne/Yount House about 200 feet was an arduous job.

It was moved on a four-foot-tall chassis with all-terrain wheels by Expert House Movers of Maryland, a company known for moving huge structures, such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina. Because of its size and weight, as well as the grade and slope of the terrain, moving the home 200 feet took nearly 48 hours.

“It was a pretty amazing sight,” Bruce said. “They moved the house by remotely controlling the wheels, which all moved independently.”

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel said she is glad to see the new development making progress.

“The character of the homes in the historic district draws many people to the Town of Herndon,” she said. “Saving and restoring this home is important to the town, and Doll Homes has taken great care to make this happen."

gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com