Image default
Archive

The 10 most blighted houses in Church Hill

While there has been a tremendous amount of ongoing renewal, the greater Church Hill area still has some of the most blighted houses still standing in Richmond. From reader suggestions and addresses sent in directly, we present to you CHPN’s Most Blighted House in Church Hill 2010

Fairmount and Church Hill North offer a rich field of choices. There were more houses nominated and photographed than are listed; the choices were narrowed as this was put together. This is a strong list of really distressed houses.

The CHPN Editor’s Choice for Most Blighted House in Church Hill 2010 goes to the circa 1890s Victorian at 1200 North 20th Street (seen above). Recently foreclosed upon from notorious slumlord Oliver Lawrence, this house has been vacant for an unknown number of years. The ivy covered corner, peeled back roof, ad hoc window boards, removed rear siding, and general over-all decrepitness combine to make this a really blighted house.

Leave your comment below to vote for the Reader’s Choice Award. We’ll have something appropriate put together and delivered to the property owner.

The address of each property is listed above the photo. Click any image to view larger.

(2) 2902 East Leigh Street

2902 East Leigh Street

(3) 2012 Fairmount Ave

2012 Fairmount Ave

(4) 1608 North 22nd Street

1608 North 22nd Street

(5) 1410 North 25th Street

1410 North 25th Street

(6) 611 North 30th Street

611 North 30th Street

(7) 1312-1314 Oakwood Avenue

1312-1314 Oakwood Avenue

(8) 2508 Q Street

2508 Q Street

(9) 909 North 24th Street

909 North 24th Street

(10) 2117-2119 Cedar Street

2117-2119 Cedar Street

Related posts

What’s that tower above Church Hill?

Kiet Vo

Ornamental Ironwork Tour, Sunday Nov. 17, 2PM – 4 PM

Church Hill People's News

Beautiful RVA

Gustavo
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

25 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Magneto
Magneto
10 years ago

I’ve always wondered why some of the houses in the 2500 block of Q St. have remained in such a sorry state. Seriously, they’re right across from the 1st Precinct Police Station! I would think that would be a huge stabilizing factor and trigger for revitalization for that section of the neighborhood. I just checked the property records for 2508, and it appears that there was purchase/transfer activity back in July 2009. Maybe there’s hope….

James
James
10 years ago

Wow. These places would be better for use in urban exploration than they would as a home.

Phil Riggan
Phil Riggan
10 years ago

Without seeing in person (and having to live among these homes) I’d have to vote for the Tyvek house. They seemed to try to fix, only to fail, but it looks worse than if they had never tried.

Great project John, and I like the tone.

leah
leah
10 years ago

it’s amazing how so many of these houses are right next to or attached to such beautifully restored houses… i vote for #8 because with the brick and the siding, the poor house just looks so CONFUSED.

Matt Conrad
Matt Conrad
10 years ago

2117-2119 is probably my favorite house in Union Hill. It’s an excellent example of what makes our neighborhood so unique. The Patrick Lynch House was built as a single dwelling around 1860, according to the Union Hill historic district nomination completed by Kim Chen. “This 2-story, 4-bay home is constructed from over-sized beige sand bricks. The brick is laid in 4-course American bond on sides with 5-course of Flemish bond between parapets. The brick is laid in stretcher bond on the front facade. The foundation on the west side has brownstone and granite slabs.” I can’t wait for it to… Read more »

Matt Conrad
Matt Conrad
10 years ago

Also, the good news about 909 N 24th Street is that a plan for its restoration was presented to the Commission of Architectural Review at its February meeting.

It was built in 1841 in the Italianate style and is known as the William McAllister house.

Bryan
Bryan
10 years ago

Unfortunately, these are all good contenders! I think I have to vote for #7, 1312-1314 Oakwood Avenue. Stalled renovation, peeling house-wrap, exposed plywood sheathing, boarded-up windows, its got it all!

katzenjaammer
katzenjaammer
10 years ago

That was depressing 🙁

Matt Conrad
Matt Conrad
10 years ago

I spoke with the good folks at Southside Community Development this afternoon and the good news about 909 N 24th keeps getting better. Their plan for restoration of the 1840s home was approved by the CAR and they are simply waiting on approval of their permit from the City to begin work in earnest. Work will start with the construction of a retaining wall to support the existing structure and should begin any day. Also, I have called Bonnie Ashley at the City Attorney’s office to ascertain the tax status of 2117-2119 Cedar Street. We need to get a move… Read more »

Lane
Lane
10 years ago

In other good news, the owner of the circa 1856 house at 2120 M Street intends to begin rehab work soon.

wrs
wrs
10 years ago

@Bryan, not only does 1312-1314 have all the charming features you mentioned, it also partially burned in the back a couple of years ago, so add charred timbers to the list.

Matt Conrad
Matt Conrad
10 years ago

You’re never going to believe this: I spoke this morning with Mr. Chambers who is the construction manager for Southside Community Development. Turns out HIS FAMILY grew up in 909 N 24th Street, and it is, of course, a very important project for him personally and professionally. He is in his early 60s and remembers when Union Hill was a full, vibrant neighborhood with families, stores, churches, and interconnected neighbors. Church Hill House housed a tire refurbishing plant at that time. He and his friends played stick ball in the wide part of 24th Street and visited Mr. Bloofield’s store!… Read more »

matt
matt
10 years ago

there’s a house on chimbarazo blvd that’s in pretty bad shape. i believe the address is 412 chimborazo blvd.

Glen Allen
Glen Allen
10 years ago

Wow, if these old buildings could talk, can you imagine the stories they would have? I try to envision what life was like back in the day when some of these were built. The architectural detail in some of these great old buildings is a lost art, and an expense few builders would entertain.

sean
sean
10 years ago

This was in the building permits sections of T-D today…

Southside Community, owner; BBP Investments LP, contractor; 909 N. 24th St., alterations, $58,700

observant neighbor
observant neighbor
10 years ago

These builings DO TALK one said just the other day “Hey come check out this great collection of discarded needles and crack stems I have for sale. I can cut you a deal on used rubbers too.”

Glen Allen
Glen Allen
10 years ago

Observant neighbor, unfortunately you are probably right, for now, but things are looking a little better every day.

alison
alison
10 years ago

oh yes im excited to see 2120 M!! I was so worried it was in too poor a condition to be renovated and figured they were just going to tear it down.

Houdon
Houdon
10 years ago

Still waiting on Southside Community to get started on 909 N 24th St. The permit has been issued:

http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/permits/PermitDetails.aspx?p=B09122811

Elaine Odell
Elaine Odell
10 years ago

Regarding 909 N 24th St., may I kindly suggest that we all be a little patient with Southside Community Development Corporation on this project? Remember, they completed the beautiful restoration on Cedar Street about the same time the real estate market was collapsing. The restored home sits tall and proud, and is a jewel in Union Hill. Last I checked, it’s still for sale. Southside supported (and very boldly, I might add,) the effort to designate Union Hill as a City Old & Historic District. IMO, they have shown through their words and deeds that they are good contractors, and… Read more »

Amy
Amy
9 years ago

2508 Q was demolished recently, if I’m not mistaken.

Magneto
Magneto
9 years ago

Amy (#23), you’re correct.

Happy
Happy
8 years ago

@ # 22 ‘Elaine Odell’…it would have been even more worth the ‘LONG’ wait had you taken the grey asbestos’ siding off the house. The front of the house is very nice, and the renovation looks great from the center front. And with it still being a duplex, I assume you’ll keep the front maintained.
Don’t misunderstand I am excited it looks a lot better than it did. However, the grey siding still looks horrible.

25
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x