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Seen & Heard: Historic Del Ray Church Property for Sale

Emanuel Temple Church in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2707 Dewitt Avenue (Image via listing website)

We hear Emanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 2707 Dewitt Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, is for sale. The church, located on the corner of Raymond Avenue, we hear is considered a rare mail-order chapel.

The listing has the property listed for $1.5 Million dollars. Could the historic church be demolished and residential housing built in its place?

We hear from City staff that the property is zoned for residential use so that indeed could be the case. I’m told the buyer would then have the right to build a residential use in place of the historic chapel.

More updates when information is available.

(Photo via Listing website)

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What’s “historic” about it? Some things are merely old. For the given lot size, all of the following would require a modest variance because the minimum lot sizes would come up short. 2 SFH’s, or 2 duplex structures (4 dwelling units). Not sure about townhouses but maybe 4, or maybe some mix of housing types (i.e. 1 SFH and 1 Duplex) might work. So, do the math per dwelling unit as far just the cost of the land.

‘Historic’ as it’s one of two ‘mail order’ non-residential structures left in the Del Ray area built pre-depression or during the depression. From the town of Potomac application for National Register of Historic places application: “Pre-cut homes from Sears and Roebuck Co. were built in Potomac. The tiny single-story house at 400 East Windsor, built in 1920, and the house at 301 Del Ray Avenue are two little-altered remaining examples that can be documented. Many others in Potomac are very similar to houses offered by Sears and other popular mail-order houses of the day. A company called Standard Homes Co.… Read more »

Jay Roberts

Thanks Lee, I hope they can save this.

Spookiness – The National Register for Historic Places allows for various categories – i.e. architecture, cultural significance, not just the history of the building.