Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1813-1815 East Grace - Before and After

Today we take a look at two attached houses on the 1800 block of East Grace (collectively known as the Crump House) from three different eras.

First up, the early 20th century. This picture comes courtesy of Sydney Jordan-Cooley, Lead Carpenter at Restoration Builders of Virginia, and was originally posted in my second writeup about the houses next door. At the time the house on the left was the home of S. Katz Grocery. Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Fast forward about 50 years or so to 1974, and both buildings seem to be residential. Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

About 6 months later in 1975, from a different angle. The side has some great ads left over from when Louis Grocery occupied the building. The buildings (and the block) are obviously in pretty rough shape, having survived a few big hurricanes/floods in the previous 6 years. Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

And here are the houses today, renovated and thriving, click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Middle two photos courtesy of VCU Libraries


  1. Love these pics - Katz Grocery is a fine example of the stories my mother tells me about how many Jewish families (like ours) owned small grocery stores as their first foothold in America.

  2. This is pretty fun to see. I lived at 19th & Franklin for a bit so passed by these house quite a bit on my commute. It's cool to see what they looked like in former lives.

  3. This is amazing. My maiden name is Katz. According to my great-great Uncle Sam's death certificate, he and his family lived at 1813 East Grace Street, and I'm assuming that the S. Katz Grocery Store was owned by my relatives. This is going to make a great addition to the online family tree I'm working on putting together. Thank you for posting these pics.