1104 College Avenue
This story-and-a-half, frame, slate roofed dwelling was originally built in 1935 for the Fred W. Walker family. According to informants it was built or designed by his brother, Carl H. Walker, a carpenter. Prominently sited at the corner of College and Buckner, this Colonial Revival style house has the hallmarks of a symmetrical five bay wide façade that is complemented by a central projecting porch that has slender paired posts which support a broken pediment. The entrance serves as the inspiration for the 2022 Candlelight Tour Ornament and image by local ceramic artist Christine Lush-Rodriguez. It retains its original weatherboards, and with the exception of the kitchen replacement windows, it has many of its well-built, double hung sash wooden windows. Soon after the death of Fred in December 1944, his widow, Ada S., sold the house to Edward Alvey, Jr. During the summer, workers busily installed roofing insulation, a second bathroom and brightened the attic space with the addition of two new dormer windows. For many years this was home to Mary Washington College professor, Dr. Edward Alvey, Jr. and his family lived and entertained here.
Among the many books authored by Dr. Alvey, his The Streets of Fredericksburg states that “the State Normal and Industrial School for Women opened in 1911, what is now College Avenue was only a dirt road. Desire for a better means of access to the new institution from Plank Road, as William Street at that point was called, led to the improvement of Avenue “C” with macadam. The first houses in the area were built along this street.”
Select Citation: Edward Alvey, The Streets of Fredericksburg. Mary Washington College Foundation, Inc. (Fredericksburg, Virginia) 1978, p. 61.