"We just finished rebuilding a porch on Broad and 21st. The porch was long since gone, so for the reconstruction, we found a picture from 1916 at the Virginia Historical Society that proved there was a Victorian-ornate porch. The house is 2100 E Broad, so the picture, taken from the top of the Hill, couldn't tell us much more than the fact that there was a porch, it had corbels and a curved roof. Based on that, we built the porch (using materials salvaged from a porch ripped off and thrown in a dumpster, of course).Click the photos below for the high resolution images...
The second picture is obviously more recent- it's got motorized vehicles and electrical lines. No date on the back, though.
I've attached a photo taken from roughly the same angle (though not that far up the block) of what the block looked like while we were building that porch a month back. The streetscape is changing dramatically on this block. Two brand new buildings at 2102-2104 E Broad. It was an empty lot for decades.
The church spire has been gone since a long-ago hurricane (in the 30s, or so I've heard)."
First up we have Broad Street at 21st from 1916. This is looking down Broad St from Church Hill, towards downtown Richmond. It's amazing to see this stretch with so many houses and trees:
Next up is roughly the same angle, probably from sometime in the 1920s:
And lastly, the house at 2100 East Broad Street being worked on by Restoration Builders of VA a few months ago:
Thanks once again to Syd for the great pictures and story!