1874 – Danville, VA

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820 Green St, Danville, VA

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  • $40,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2560 Sq Ft
  • 0.44 Ac.
The Tredway House in the Old West End

In 1863, the Town of Danville purchased the Green Estate and, soon after the war, began the development of Green Street Park. In 1873, the town sold a larger tract of land bounded by Green Street, Pine Street, and Loyal Street (now Jefferson Street) to the Tredway family. Their 1874 home was situated for the best view of the then-newly-created park.

All rooms are of large size, each with a fireplace, and most with closets. Most original features remain including heart pine floors, mantels, and door latches. From the restored porch, the front door with transom and sidelights opens to a center hall with elegant curved staircase. Upstairs, an additional doorway leads to the roof of the front porch. While rear additions made around 1911 are structurally sound, a future owner may choose to remove and replace this warren of small rooms.
Contact Information
Paul Liepe,
434-227-9900 / info@oldwestendva.com
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18 Comments on 1874 – Danville, VA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11845 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Another great Danville home from Paul at Friends of Old West End.

    Every time I think “That’s the one I’d buy in Danville!” he sends another one where I say the same thing.

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  2. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This one is magnificent. The dust on the original light fixtures just melts my heart. <3

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    • Tess says: 302 comments

      Only dedicated old house lovers appreciate dust ?

      S

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    • AliBaba says: 8 comments

      Love the fixtures, but are they original? As far as I know, gaslights generally faced up while electric lights faced down. They’re certainly old– perhaps the original electric lights, but I presume that the original installed lighting would have been gas in this era. Just wondering aloud 🙂

      • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 391 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1850 Italianate, classical
        New Haven, CT

        You are very correct that gas lighting pointed up, whereas I think electrical lighting could face either up or down (I don’t know if one way was more common that the other, although I do know many gasoliers and gas and fuel lamps were refitted for electricity and continued to point up for this reason, although some gasoliers may have been altered to point down; I suspect the fixtures in these pictures were likely made for electricity but it is possible that they were made for gas first and then were altered to point down as part of their transformation to electrification). And I also think that the availability of gas lighting to urban Americans preceded electrical lighting by many years. I would assume Danville was no exception to this and that by 1874, when this house was built, Danville likely was a large enough city to have had gas lighting available to those who could afford it. The smaller the locality and the more remote it was from a large urban area, the longer it generally took to get gas lighting, unless the town was extremely wealthy. Natchez, MS., for example, got gas lighting years before most towns its size because it had an extraordinary number of resident millionaires who got together and pooled their resources (money) to get gas far sooner than all other American towns or cities its size, to the best of my knowledge. I just don’t know what year Danville finally got gas. It’s definitely true that some places may have been so small and remote that they actually got electricity before they got gas (if they ever actually got gas at all), such as certain areas of Appalachia. That’s why FDR’s Rural Electrification program was important to so many people in impoverished, remote places in those mountains. It’s a good question that would require a more definitive answer from someone who is better versed in the history of Danville and/or American forms of gas and electrical energy than I am and who might be able to tell if the light fixtures shown in the photos were intended first for gas or for electricity. Probably the specific answer regarding Danville’s energy reliance could be found in a municipal history of Danville or from someone who is a good historian of that city. But I certainly think your hypothesis is most likely true, that this house was fitted for gas before it had access to electricity.

  3. lisa marsh says: 2 comments

    Love it ???

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  4. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    What a beauty! The street is chock full of beautiful houses!

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  5. says: 65 comments

    Love those bathrooms and sinks, also the kitchen. Only old house lovers will appreciate the amazing porcelain features and completely miss the sagging wallcovering, messy floors, etc. LOL

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  6. MichaelMichael says: 2552 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Love all those original plumbing fixtures as well!

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  7. says: 22 comments

    I don’t understand why all of these gorgeous and stately homes in Danville are for sale and for so cheap. Does anyone know? Is it because they’ve all been umbrella’d by the Registry and require rules for modifications and upgrades? Is it sinking/flooding like the beaches in VA? Did a major employer leave the town? I’m confounded. A run on sales makes me suspicious but would love for someone to enlighten me.

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  8. Racheal says: 41 comments

    Oh, if I were only made of money and endless energy!!!

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  9. tess says: 302 comments

    Data USA shows low income, high poverty rate. Like a lot of small towns young people leave for opportunities in the big city. Perhaps they are re-inventing the town to appeal to retirees or those who can work online.

    https://datausa.io/profile/geo/danville-va/#economy

    Bio of General Hooker. Not your average General
    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/american-civil-war/fighting-joe-hooker.html

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  10. Curt says: 11 comments

    Here’s what’s wrong with Danville (low prices)

    Population peaked in 1990 – at approximately 53,000 – and has declined
    by nearly 20 percent since with an estimated population of 42,100 in 2015.
    • In 2014, more than one in four residents in Danville were living in poverty
    – including more than 4 in 10 children.
    • City’s population decline coincided with job losses in tobacco and textiles,
    leaving nearly 20 percent of the city’s properties vacant and leading many
    to refer to Danville as “a mill town without a mill.”
    • Danville is disconnected from larger, thriving metropolitan areas and lacks
    easy interstate highway access. Greensboro, NC is the closest city with a
    population over 150,000 and is the closest airport – nearly an hour away.
    • Danville’s public schools have lower graduation rates than the statewide
    average. In the Danville Public Schools Class of 2014, 75.7 percent of
    students graduated on time — 14.3 percentage points lower than the state
    average.
    • In 2014, Danville had the second highest total crime rate among Virginia’s
    independent cities.

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  11. BethanyBethany says: 3501 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I know those heaters inserted into the fireplaces are more efficient, but they sure ain’t pretty.

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  12. Diana Kline says: 1 comments

    are they negotiable at all in price?? I know its a great price, but if it were cash, could they do any better? Thinking of moving back to Virginia from NC and would like to spend retirement days redoing this home for my family to come to.

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