Union Hill house wins ACORN Golden Hammer

10/05/2007 12:01 PM by

The Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (A.C.O.R.N.) paid tribute to the individuals that are “in the trenches” renovating and revitalizing Richmond’s historic neighborhoods at its annual Golden Hammer Awards last night. The winners were announced in the categories of Best Residential Renovation, Best Commercial Renovation and Best Infill Construction, with the award for Best Residential Renovation going to Beverly El & Gable Painter for their work at 816 / 818 North 23rd Street (see before & after photos!).

From the announcement:

This Italianate double house, built in 1883, is the last remaining building on the east side of the 800 block of North 23rd Street. Constructed as working class housing in the Union Hill neighborhood, this desolate double house was in a state of total collapse when Gable Painter saw its potential despite the fact the building was out of plumb by nearly a foot Mr. Painter convinced the owner, Beverly El, to help him bring this modest address back to its original state. Mr. Painter served as the general contractor for the meticulous restoration which included exact duplication of the original porch columns and bracketed cornice, milling the exact dimension of the original exterior clapboards, and hoisting the structure back into an upright position. Mr. Gable’s efforts have rescued this formerly dilapidated house and transformed it into a stunning home for new Union Hill residents. The entire renovation process was documented by a new television series on The Learning Channel focusing on renovation of historic homes, which will air in November.

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