Allmand-Archer House, Norfolk, VA - Commonwealth Preservation Group

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Allmand-Archer House, Norfolk, VA

Allmand Archer House Interior, Norfolk, VA

Allmand Archer House Interior, Norfolk, VA

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the Allmand-Archer House is a c1790 masonry building originally constructed for residential use; it has most recently been in commercial and office use. There is an easement on the building which has been held by VDHR since 1977.

Allmand Archer House, Norfolk, VA

Allmand Archer House, Norfolk, VA

Several inappropriate exterior treatments have been introduced in the past twenty years, including digging out the basement approximately 3 feet and inserting a modern concrete foundation, and two layers of modern stucco treatment have trapped moisture in the building. In addition, the building was hit by a car in the mid-1980s, and was most recently owned by a non-profit organization with limited funds resulting in substantial deferred maintenance.
When the building was recently purchased for use as an attorney’s office, it was in an advanced state of disrepair and had major structural problems. Through extensive consultation with VDHR (the easement holder), the CPG was able to assist the property owner in obtaining both approval for treatment of the building through the easement program as well as the state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit program.

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