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The Walfort

501 Fort Hill Drive, Charleston, , 25314 Property Website Dated Posted: July 27, 2017



Circa 1929

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If you appreciate 1920’s architecture and would like to live in a home unlike any other in Charleston, WV then please read further.
Article from Charleston Gazette, Sunday, May 29, 1929:
The “Walfort,” a most modern of dwellings, representing the combined efforts of the Wallace Knight Construction company and Charleston merchants, is now open for inspection. Every modern scientific household appliance known today has been installed in the model residence which local businesses have constructed to express Charleston’s march of progress in modernistic home building and furnishings. From cellar to garret, the furnishings have been selected with the utmost care and all appliances will ideal of an architect and the Wallace Knight Construction company. The rooms are finished with clear oak floors. Downstairs the floors have been trimmed In walnut finish and on the second floor In Ivory. All doors have been finished walnut. Hollow tile and Portland stucco, pointed and glazed with oil paint, were used in the construction of the building. The roof is made of Spanish tile and ‘the front porch has an arched effect with a broken tile floor. The basement contains a Columbia furnace, a two part laundry tray and a lavatory.
Finished in “texture” On the’ first floor the stair hall Is finished in “Textone” with an ornamental Iron balustrade to the second floor. Two coat closets are to be found leading off the stair hall. The living room also is finished in “Textone” with barrel ceiling, and a Spanish fireplace. The back porch is constructed with an arch effect and has a cement floor. Entrance to a two-car garage is made from the back porch. And from the garage a stairway leads to servant’s quarters above. Doors to the garage are of a patented overhead design. On the second floor of “Walfort” Is found four large bedrooms and a hall. One of the bedrooms has all bathroom.
Walfort was built with a desire to show home lovers of Charleston what local merchants have to offer. In the way of elaborate and up-to-date furnishings and fixtures. The entire public has been invited to take advantage of the opportunity. Free prizes are to be given away each afternoon and evening of the showing and a grand prize is to be awarded on the closing night. With the air of the latest electrical devices and under the supervision of an expert cook to be given. Also, cleaning and laundering problems are to be solved for the benefit of local housewives and/ househusbands. Instructions in arranging pictures, setting tables, draping. Interior decorating schemes and lessons in etiquette are among the Instructions that are to be given by local merchants.
The newest patterns in silverware and styles of Jewelry are to be shown as well. A Singer sewing machine also has been Installed. Bonds to the home were built by the Kelson Transfer company. Iced drinks are to be furnished by the Charleston « Nu Grape company, bread by the Cabllsh Brothers bakery and sandwiches will be given away by the Sharp Glenn company.

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