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New life for one of Union Hill’s most majestic homes

The RTD ran a neat look at the renovation of 2002 Princess Anne Avenue on Saturday:

In its early years-it was built circa 1903 – the house was one of the largest and most striking on a new block of eye-catching mansions. […]

In the 1930s, though, a new owner converted the 5,800-square-foot house into a retirement home, and it languished, frozen in time, for 70 years. A new owner began a structural restoration of the house in 2008, and after buying it in April, the Conrads undertook a basement-to-roof renovation of the historic property.

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Even as workers replaced the water-damaged floorboards, boxes of cabinets already stood stacked in the kitchen, awaiting installers. And plumbers had roughed in plumbing for the house’s five bathrooms. In time, plasterers would arrive to patch the walls, and painters would follow them.

“Fortunately, we don’t have to sacrifice any historic accuracy, and the floor plan lends itself to modern comforts, even if we are using the space differently than the builders intended,” Matt said.

PHOTO 2002 Princess Anne Avenue (November 2009)

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51 comments

Bill 3 07/28/2014 at 9:14 AM

Awesome. Always loved this house. Glad to see it being given the work it deserves!

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ann 07/28/2014 at 9:35 AM

So exciting for the Conrad family and for Union Hill.

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Matt Conrad 07/28/2014 at 10:52 AM

We were so happy to find another home in the community we love. Thank you, John, for sharing this article. Alicia and I look forward to raising our family among all of you and to making our new house a place to practice hospitality.

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Juliellen 07/28/2014 at 10:59 PM

Congratulations, Matt! We’ve long admired that house.

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The grande dame of Union Hill ‹ CHPN 10/26/2014 at 8:42 AM

[…] a follow-up to a July article, richmond.com ran a piece yesterday on the renovation of Matt and Alicia Conrad’s new home at […]

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