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 waster and dryer. Historic details were preserved throughout, including wood trim, hardwood doors and flooring, original windows, and its metal roof.


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.  Select the link below for more before and after photographs of this project.


Villa Heights, a circa 1820 home built by Elijah McClanahan (a Lieutenant Colonel in the War of 1812), was in a severe state of disrepair after sitting vacant for ten years in addition to being damaged by a fire in 2011. Restoration Housing is in the process of bringing back its historic and architectural integrity, relying on Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, Community Development Block Grant funding, and fire insurance proceeds provided by the City of Roanoke. 

The rehabilitation of Villa Heights will be 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 dire 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.


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 is slated to begin in the fall of 2019, with plans for three rental units and office space for counseling services.  This will be Restoration Housing’s first project in the newly created Belmont Historic District in Southeast Roanoke.