The house at 2 Swifts Alley was originally a tobacco warehouse.
2 Swifts Alley -- Alexandria, Virginia
The house at 2 Swifts Alley was originally built in 1780 as a tobacco warehouse. Some 160 years later, the Waggaman brothers acquired it. Though the warehouse was in a dilapidated condition, the brothers saw it through an extensive renovation into a residential dwelling. They added the current stucco-like material to the exterior to protect the brick mortar from the humid Virginia summer weather. One of the Waggaman brothers, who was a clerk for the United States Supreme Court, placed two plaster medallions from the first Supreme Court chamber above the living room and library fireplaces.
Today the four-bedroom house proudly displays its tobacco warehouse origins through the exposed 200-year-old wooden beams, open staircases with pipe railings, and tobacco-flower detail wood on the door frame at the original loading dock. The modern amenities are plentiful as well. There is a glass gazebo-style addition which holds a kitchen and breakfast room. The house also features a spacious family room with vaulted ceilings and French doors. Price: $3,350,000... Read More →
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