RVA Legends — Barret Double House

RVA Legends — Barret Double House

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from our landscape.

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619-21 North Sixth Street
Built, 1818

Slightly later than the Tinsley house is 619-21 North Sixth, built in 1818 by Anderson Barret. As we have seen in the chapter on Leigh Street, Barret was then living at the corner just south of this. He built this house as an investment, but was evidently caught by the 1819 depression and sold it in that year to Thomas Price, whose heirs owned it for three decades.

(LOC) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the Cities of Richmond & Manchester, 1877 — Plate F

During this time it was made into a double house, which explains the blocked window on the front. The best-known person who ever lived there was the printer William B. Allegre (pronounced and often spelled Allegree), nephew of Sophia Allegre, the young bride of Albert Gallatin. Allegre lived at 621 in the ’fifties and ’sixties and at 619 in the ’seventies.

June 2016
June 2016

The house is a large stuccoed mansion, with the belt-course typical of the early nineteenth century and the hiproof also fairly common at that time. A few years ago it was in as bad condition as the Tinsley house; in the welcome restoration it unfortunately lost an unusually picturesque outbuilding. [ORN]


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