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Monday, November 22, 2010

W. Jackson Street, Jackson Ward - 1920s

The 100 block of West Jackson Street in Jackson Ward from what looks to be the 1920s, judging by the car on the right. I drive past these three houses a lot, and have always loved the larger house on the right. The fact that all of the houses in this photo survived the construction of I-95 less than one block away is a miracle. Hopefully someone will fix these up before they end up one big empty lot, like a lot of other sections of Jackson Ward these days. Click the photo below for the high resolution image.


Here's (sort of) what these three houses look like today. This shot is a few years old, and unfortunately the middle house has had a fire and all three houses look much worse:


Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress

4 comments:

  1. As much as I like this site and enjoy the photos, somebody should take the time to go to these sites and get some real photos. These images from Google Earth or wherever they came from don't do service to the amount of time spent on the site.

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  2. Thanks for the comment, and I agree. Unfortunately, it's only me doing the site, and I don't have a lot of time. But now that I'm past the growing pains, and writing posts more than 15 minutes in advance, I'm planning on taking some current day pics myself to go along with some of the posts.

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  3. I've been inside this building, and it looks much worse from the inside than it does from the outside. My understanding is that the city owns it and is trying to get some funds to protect it (not restore it) until a private owner can restore it. Unfortunately, it is right next to the highway, so whoever moved in would have to really love it to put up with the highway across the street.

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  4. Noticed on the Historic Richmond Foundation page that restoration work has started on this house, which is great news considering how bad shape it was in. According to their info, the city acquired the house from the previous owners through the spot blight abatement process, and HRF purchased it from the city in 2011. More info and a link to some photos--
    http://historicrichmond.com/preservation-meredithhouse.php

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