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Mathieson Alkali Works Company House

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c. 1914. 623 1st. Ave.

This is probably one of the surviving buildings from the 1906 commission for five hundred residences awarded by the Mathieson Alkali Works to Frank P. Milburn. The houses came from the North American Construction Company (Aladdin Company) of Bay City, Michigan, which produced Readi-Cut houses that were shipped as a kit by rail. This frame house, the “Tucson” model, which was one of the company's first designs, is a small gambrel-roofed dwelling. For this house—the best preserved of the houses on this block of 1st Avenue—the entrance is shifted to the long elevation, the side porch enclosed, and a front porch added. The shed wing on the left is probably one of the additions that Aladdin sold at extra cost.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Mathieson Alkali Works Company House", [Saltville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 465-465.

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