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O Street project will revamp entire block

June 11, 2014 8:30 am by

Today, June 11, is the 140th anniversary of when James Netherwood bought a lot on O Street. This summer should see the renovation of the stretch of 8 houses that he built between 25th and 26th Street.

Golden Hammer-nominated Deanna Lewis is taking on a new project with the renovation of the entire south side of the 2500 block of O Street, much of which has been vacant since the 1960s.

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Photo via bing.com

Photo via bing.com

Photo July 2011 via Google

Photo July 2011 via Google

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Lewis says, “I’ve been putting this project together for 7 months and in all that time I couldn’t come up with a name that fit the development. After discovering that he was indeed the builder, honoring him and naming the development, “Netherwood’s” feels perfect.”

“I knew Netherwood owned/was selling them in the 1890s and had a feeling he was the builder because they have granite block foundations. Who builds a working man’s house with granite? A guy with a granite quarry. Netherwood owned a granite quarry (which is now the Willow Oaks Country Club).”

“He built those little O Street houses for his workers and families and the general store to supply them.”

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o st original porch remnant

Original porch remnant

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“The goal is to work with the City and make the block look like the 1870’s,” explains Lewis. “The arborist has six trees waiting for us, we’ll work at installing old fashioned street lights, remove that ugly light pole in the middle and we’ll use the old photos and one surviving porch as a template to recreate the facade.”

Netherwood was the builder responsible for Old City Hall, the Mann/Netherwood block of homes on Broad, the Confederate Soldiers & Sailors monument, the Lee monument, and the Howitzers monument. His marker at Oakwood Cemetery is even monumental.

The 2500 block of O Street is part of the Church Hill North Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, but not the city’s Church Hill North Old & Historic District.

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General Store (1950s)

General Store (1950s)

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O Street - 2523 and 2521

2523 and 2521 O Street

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O Street 2517

2517 O Street

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O Street 2515 - 2513 and 2511

2515, 2513, 2511 O Street

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O Street - 2519

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james netherwood

james netherwood obit

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o st kitchen draft

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