|Jacob Conrad's crew preparing to lay the foundation|
at 473 South Mason St, Harrisonburg, VA
It was 1935. Violetta was a school teacher and principal. She hired J. W. Conrad & Son Contractors and Builders for the job. The plans called for 5 apartments. She would live in one and rent the others. Her early renters included faculty at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University – GO DUKES!) where she was also on the staff as supervisor of student teachers.
|Framing the basement|
|Violetta supervising the construction of her home.|
I wonder if that is Jacob Conrad on the 2nd floor in dress shirt and hat
or the man Violetta is talking to.
|The finished product. The center door opens to a common hall |
and stairs with doors to the apartments on the left and right.
Decorative iron grates below the first floor windows hide the fact
that there are basement windows too.
|The back of the building soon after completion|
|Apparently the Ryans spent $20,000 to add an apartment|
to the 473 South Mason Street building
from the Harrisonburg Daily News Record 25 Mar 1937
|"Hartman House" from Google Maps|
|from the Harrisonburg Daily News Record|
6 Jun 1959