530 Day Avenue
Restoration Housing’s first rehabilitation project, 530 Day Avenue, had been vacant for almost 10 years and was last used as a five-unit flophouse. Fundraising dollars were used to acquire the house and a combination of State and Federal Historic Tax Credits subsidized construction costs. The 3,200 sq. ft., century old house now boasts two spacious units each with two full bathrooms, a kitchen with high-end appliances, and granite counter-tops, and washer and dryer. Historic details were preserved throughout, including wood trim, hardwood doors and flooring, original windows, and its metal roof.
1018 Patterson Avenue
Restoration Housing’s second rehabilitation, 1018 Patterson Avenue, was mismanaged for many years and in a severe state of disrepair. Historic Tax Credits were used to offset the cost of rehabilitation which included stabilization due to settling; removal of plaster down to the historic lath, new insulation, and new plaster; and installation of new heating and cooling system. This turn-of-the century house now boasts two, spacious units each with up-to-date bathrooms with ceramic tile; kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops; washer and dryer; and private porches. Historic features were preserved throughout including wood trim, hardwood floors and doors, fireplace mantels and hearths, and metal roofing.
Villa Heights, a circa 1820 home built by Elijah McClanahan (a Lieutenant Colonel in the War of 1812), was acquired by Restoration Housing in 2017 after a decade of vacancy and severe damage from a 2011 fire. The historic home was in such a dire state that it was listed on Preservation Virginia’s and the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation’s most endangered sites list in 2013. After a successful nomination to the National and State Registers of Historic Places in 2018, an 11 month restoration overhaul commenced including abatement and removal of debris and damaged material; reconstruction and repair of the roof, west façade, and rear single-story porch that had been destroyed by the fire; in-kind restoration of all salvageable historic materials and the recreation of those too severely damaged to save; and installation of all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
The rehabilitation of Villa Heights is Restoration Housing’s first community impact project, providing affordable rental space for nonprofits serving limited-income families. The neighborhood of Northwest Roanoke has long lacked public and private investment and is in great need of accessible service providers. The restoration of Villa Heights will help fill this void in addition to reinvigorating the community, reducing vandalism and crime, and catalyzing future investment.
326 Dale Avenue
Restoration Housing’s fourth project is 326 Dale Avenue, a circa 1890 home that once belonged to one of Roanoke’s earliest mayors, Sylvester Seifert. After years of deferred maintenance by previous owners, the property was acquired by Joy Sylvester-Johnson who generously gifted it to Restoration Housing in the fall of 2018. Construction began in the fall of 2019, with plans to create four Permanent Supportive Housing units for previously homeless individuals. This will be Restoration Housing’s first project in the newly created Belmont Historic District in Southeast Roanoke.