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RVA Legends — Alfriend House

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

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319 North Twenty-Fourth Street
Built. 1842
Demolished, unknown

A home for the men who took risks.

(Library of Congress) — Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905) — Plate 42

Just across the street is a brick house with a striking stepped gable. This was built two years later than the Whitlock house by Thomas Alfriend, secretary of the Virginia Fire and Marine Insurance Co.

[RVCJ03] — Virginia Fire & Marine Insurance Company, AKA the Branch Building

The house has a stoop with an elaborate canopy that is characteristic of Richmond houses of the ’fifties, though it was used two decades earlier in other cities, such as Baltimore. A more thorough comparative study of the architecture of Eastern cities than has thus far been made would, we believe, bear out the observation that Richmond was a laggard in the adoption of new styles. [ORN]

(Find A Grave) — Thomas Lee Alfriend, 1860s

The house that Ms. Scott refers to was built by Thomas Morrison Alfriend, insurer. It was also occupied by his son Thomas Lee Alfriend, who followed him into the insurance business after the Civil War. Eventually, both men left Virginia Fire & Marine to form Thomas M. Alfriend and Son. (Encyclopedia of Virginia)

[RVCJ93] — Thomas Lee Alfriend, circa 1893

Alfriend the younger remained a fixture in the Richmond insurance business, eventually becoming an agent here for nine companies, among them, fire, life, marine, boiler, explosion, postal and wind-storm. [RVCJ93]

(Google Maps) — looking toward 319 North Twenty-Fourth Street, date unknown

Unfortunately, the Alfriend homestead was not to last and was transformed into a parking lot, likely for the old body shop (now a Long & Foster office) that stands at the middle of the block.

April 2019 — looking toward 319 North Twenty-Fourth Street

Long & Foster did not allow that empty space to languish, and the location where the Alfriend House once stood has been replaced by a monumentally ugly apartment building. Don’t be fooled by the appearance at a distance; up close it’s hideous enough to give you the shakes.

(Alfriend House is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


Print Sources

  • [ORN] Old Richmond Neighborhoods. Mary Wingfield Scott. 1950.
  • [RVCJ93] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1893.
  • [RVCJ03] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1903.

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On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

After leaving Monroe Park, the group headed west along West Main Street. At approximately 9:54 p.m., individuals in the group were observed throwing objects at patrons at a restaurant. Soon after, officers observed an individual throw a large stone and damage an RPD K-9 vehicle. A photo of the stone that was recovered is attached. Later, that same individual was seen throwing an object against a business. As officers moved to arrest this individual, a group member assaulted an officer.

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Richmonders have a new way to learn about the region – from home.

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The free I Am Tourism workshops help participants gain a visitor’s perspective of the region and an understanding of tourism products and offerings.

The Oct. 28 session includes information about the economic impact of tourism and an overview of the attractions, events and activities in the Richmond region. A virtual tour led by Bill Martin, The Valentine executive director, will guide the class on a custom visit to some of his favorite places.

“The I Am Tourism program is an exciting opportunity for everyone in our community to become knowledgeable and influential representatives of the region,” said Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism CEO and president.

The primary reason people travel to the Richmond Region is to visit friends and family. National travel data points to this trend continuing as people continue with more car-based trips during the pandemic. The I Am Tourism classes provided an opportunity for residents to become knowledgeable ambassadors when guests visit.

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For more information on upcoming I Am Tourism ambassador trainings and to register, visit visitrichmondva.com.

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