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Monday, May 16, 2011

1809-1811 East Grace St - Before and After part deux

Today we revisit a post from a few months ago about 1809-1811 East Grace Street. Sydney Jordan-Cooley, Lead Carpenter at Restoration Builders of Virginia was kind enough to send me more photos of this house. Sydney and Restoration Builders helped bring these two houses back from the dead in the late 90s.

This first photo looks to be from the early part of the 20th century, judging by the cobblestones and the stoplight at the top of the picture. I love that the house on the corner is the home of S. Katz's grocery. The Nolde's Tip Top Bread sign near the steps is great too. See this post from last week for more on Church Hill's Nolde Brothers Bakery. In this photo you can also see the small wood house that was next door to 1809-1811, as well as the original bell tower on the firehouse to the right (click on any of the photos below for the high resolution versions):

The second photo is probably from the 1930s. The road is now paved, and a door has been added above the front porch - this door lasted until these houses were renovated some 60 years later. The small house to the right is starting to look a little rough:

The next two pictures were taken in the late 90s, just before and just as Restoration Builders began work on the houses. Looking at these photos it's amazing the house even lasted as long as it did. As one of the comments on the previous post pointed out, the floods of 1972 probably had a hand in the downfall of these houses (and this block):


Last, here's the houses from a few months ago. Hats off to Sydney and Restoration Builders not only for saving these two houses, but for all they do!

7 comments:

  1. I don't get it. It was originally a brick structure. Did someone build a frame over the brick to apply siding? The next-to-last photo shows no sign of brick underneath. ????????

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  2. No,MGarrett, in the first photo they are the second group of houses from the left. It's confusing. I thought the same thing.

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  3. Yeah, I should have mentioned in the post that the first picture is from a different angle - sorry about that!

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  4. It goes from a decrepit state to looking better than before the early 20th century

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  5. If I lived there I would have rather had the upper door and balcony nevertheless it's a great save. Beautiful work.

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  6. Amazing transformation. It hardly seems possible they could rescue that wreck.

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  7. I live here and it's awesome

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