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Haley House for sale again

The Haley House at 631 North 30th Street is back on the market, with the seller is encouraging someone to buy the house and demolish it:

This building is located in an area where the entire community is undergoing a complete transformation and rehab. Old structures are renovated into beautiful single family homes and townhouses with historical character and charm that offer great amenity to all Richmond’s city life has to offer. Parks,trails,boutique restaurants, bars,festival area, historical landmarks and the James river Capital city bike and hiking trail. The location has become a mica for urban millenniums opting for city and cultural living. The building is in poor condition, therefore a complete demolish is neccessary, to build on the lot. The plus is the structure has connection to public gas and water. Its also a corner lot.

The house was on the market in December of 2014, with the presumptive buyer saying “As long as the house is under my reign, it will not be demolished. As you know, it is a slow, slow process, I have restored several, so I know what to expect. It will probably be early Spring [2015] before any change will be noticed.” The sale did not go through.

A report by Madge Goodrich (via the Library of Virginia) dated January 28, 1937, traces the history of the property back to the early 1800s and its ownership by Richard Adams. The house itself dates from 1824.

The photograph and report are part of the Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission.

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1930s by Madge Goodrich
1937 by Madge Goodrich

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Stephen Messer
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Stephen Messer

Did someone say graveyard?

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Spacecat
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Spacecat

“A mica for urban milleniums…”. Say what now?

David Roscoe Fauver
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David Roscoe Fauver

^^ Indeed it does. Interesting.

Elaine Odell
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Elaine Odell

oh c’mon. demolish? that’s crazy talk. who wants to pry off some plywood and take a look inside? message me if you want company. have pry bar, flash light, bug spray and boots.

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Nagrom Morgan
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Nagrom Morgan

anyone who demolishes this house deserves death.

Dana Bagby
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Dana Bagby

WOW!!!

Dana Bagby
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Dana Bagby

Consider thyself messaged.

frank p
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frank p

Before it was properly boarded up you could see inside from the street – there might not be floors in there. Be careful Elaine.

Ryan Ramsey
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Ryan Ramsey

I adore this building. The house sits at the peak of M Street and is similar in style to the other homes located at the corners of 26th and 27th Streets. In my humble opinion, this is a building that needs to be saved, not demolished. It plays an important role in the architectural history of North Church Hill. The building is in really rough shape, but could be brought back to life with the right owner/developer who has adequate resources and time. I really wish I had the time, money and wherewithal to undertake this project (apparently there are… Read more »

Jenny Tremblay West
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Jenny Tremblay West

So interesting.

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Brian Colegrove
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If we hadn’t just gotten another project house, this would have definitely been fun.

Leigh
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Leigh

I’m with Elaine Odell above

Vanyali
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Vanyali

Does anyone know the square footage? Is the brick able to stand up with repointing or is the brick shell shot as well as the interior?

crd
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crd

John M or anyone else, how much are they asking?

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Liz Wall
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Liz Wall

It will be a sad day on my block when this comes down.

JG
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JG

@14 $65,000.

A.c. Ross
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A.c. Ross

I asked to look at it already in contract. someone has it already. It is on the national registry so I am not sure they will be able to knock it down.

crd
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crd

@15 many thanks.

BAC
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BAC

Any chance this is a Hiram Oliver house? Looks almost exactly like the two houses on 27th and M, especially the window spacing. The 1937 report states it used to be single family, which would support this.

Lindy Patterson
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Lindy Patterson

Please contact me if you have interest in this home and would like to receive the MLS listing or additional information about this property. As a former resident of Church Hill and historic rehab specialist in Church Hill, I feel it would be a shame to see this historical home demolished if it can be salvaged. I’m currently renovating two historic homes in the area and don’t have time for another project myself, so I would love to see someone bring this home back to it’s former glory. Feel free to contact me at 804-405-0554. Lindy Patterson, Hometown Realty Services

Lindy Patterson
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Lindy Patterson

Vanyali, the home is a duplex, 1,110 square feet on each side for a total of 2,220 square feet. Two bedrooms and one bath per unit.

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Chimbooooo

I wish these great details where available on all old properties in this (my) area!!

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Neighbor

This property has been in vacant for almost thirty years. Those of you that think the property is so great and should be restored, where have you been all these years? If you are not going to put your own money at risk in this investment, please keep quite. Let any future owner do what they want because anything is better than what has been there for a generation and bringing down the neighboorhood.

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Lee

@ Neighbor – I actually looked at the property the LAST time it was up for sale, but passed because I had another project under contract. The whole purpose of posting this sort of thing (I would imagine) is to try to find someone who wants to put in their own money and take on the risk of restoring the property! You write in a way that makes it appear that you are angry and/or complaining that people are doing what you think they are supposed to do, or am I misunderstanding you? @ AC Ross – I may be… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

Elaine Odell and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on things in the past but on this we agree… it would be ludicrous to tear it down. @19 BAC, there were many Hiram Oliver houses in the area and I will have to look and see if this was once one… but funny that you ask. I didn’t think anyone knew who Oliver was and had toyed with the idea about doing a historic article on his life for the CHA Newsletter a while back. @17 A.C. Ross… Being on a historic registry unfortunately offers no provision to saving it.… Read more »

Clay St Steve
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@4 Take some pics!

Tristram Coffin
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Tristram Coffin

Forgive my ignorance. If Richard Adams is original owner why is it called the Haley house?

Tristram Coffin
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Tristram Coffin

My other thought is that while you will not find a more enthusiastic proponent for preserving history i do not see the point when the buildings are merely old. What is significant about this place beyond it being built in 1824?

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

@28, 29 Tristram Coffin… Richard Adams owned the land the house was eventually built on by Haley. A lot of houses in Church Hill was built in Richard Adams land tracts. Also, how many places in Richmond (or in America) will you find structures that are 192+ years old still standing? It is all about the age which makes it historic. Church Hill has one of (if not the most) highest concentrations of 19th century architecture in existence. A house doesn’t need to be owned by a figure in the history books to be “historic”. Read some of the introductions… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

Correction… John M. has the address as 631 on the original post above when it is actually 621. That being the house is covered under the DHR’s Oakwood-Chimborazo Historic District, even though they list the structure as two different buildings rather than a double structure (621 and 623) … odd.

Lindy Patterson, Hometown Realty Services Inc.
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Lindy Patterson, Hometown Realty Services Inc.

I learned the sellers have accepted a contract for this property. I hope that the new owner(s) will be able to find a way to restore it.

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

If anyone here have inside info on the new owners or how to contact them… or them contacting us here, please let us know. Hope they won’t tear it down!

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

I see the MLS listings show the house built in 1900, which is a generic date the assessor’s office used when they did not know years ago. That needs to change and hope the new owner knows it is actually 1824.

Leon
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Leon

Could be a nice single family home. The door on the right could be made into a window. Gut the interior and open the whole downstairs space. Put slate or tile back on the roof. Nice period shutters. Some trees in tree wells. You’d have a $300k home.

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

@35 Leon, I really didn’t pay attention until you brought it up that this double house is asymmetrical and probably one structure at some time. Need to see the original deed or see if there is a Mutual Assurance policy on file which describes the original layout.

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

The house probably looked something like this originally. I also see that in 1985, they were considered apartments with 621 having 3 rooms and a bath while 623 had 4 rooms and a bath.

Lee
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Lee

@Eric H – The material posted with the old photographs indicates it was originally a large farmhouse. I have heard or read that the house was originally a single family home and that it was a large farm, possibly the oldest/first home built in that area, and had far more land attached at the time. Supposedly the surrounding area (think 8-10 blocks?) was all farmland. I don’t know any of this to be true I do think it would be better kept as a double, though. If I remember correctly the interior layout and the additions to the property (presumably… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

I see that in 1985, they were considered apartments with 621 having 3 rooms and a bath while 623 had 4 rooms and a bath. Not much by listing in the newspaper for this house to know when it was divided up. I did post a photo on the CHPN Facebook page of what it may have looked liked originally (similar type house minus basement).

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208371965195242&set=p.10208371965195242&type=1&theater