Move It or Lose It!

Before photo: Town of Blacksburg. After: Ansel Olson.

Before & After ~ Move It or Lose It!

The Alexander Black House, Blacksburg, VA, built in 1897, is a wonderful Queen Anne style house and a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.

Sometimes the only way to save a house is to move it, as was the case here. When commercial or institutional encroachment leave a historic house stranded in a context where it is no longer desirable as a home and it is likely to be demolished, relocating it to a vacant lot in an appropriate neighborhood can be the right move, so to speak.

The Town of Blacksburg purchased the house and arranged the one-block move after the property was sold for redevelopment. The home was restored at its new location by the Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Center, which operates from the house.

Additional exterior and interior photos can be seen on the website of the architectural firm that oversaw the restoration: https://www.glaveandholmes.com/projects/alexander-black-house-cultural-center-restoration.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people who want to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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