Interesting House Specs
Construction Progress Photos
A Certain Neighbor's Many Concerns
John Parker, Neighborhood Historian
Ghent by Amy Waters Yarsinske
Urban Development History of Ghent
Historic Places Inventory
Around the Lot
A Brief History
The lot at 532 Mowbray Arch was platted as a building lot when Ghent began in the early 1890s (see map of Ghent in 1900). In 1908 George H. Barrett purchased the lot to build a house on it for his family. Mr. Barrett had already contracted for the utility hookups when he suddenly died before the work on his house could begin.
Brick garages then occupied the lot until they were demolished in the early 1960s. Some time after that, the well-know local architect Henry V. Shriver purchased the lot with the intention of building a spec house on it, but that house remained unrealized until his death in October, 2011. In April, 2012, Mr. Shriver's estate sold the lot to its present owners, who immediately began the process of building a house there for themselves.
Below is a photo of the vacant lot at 532 Mowbray Arch just before construction was finally able to begin in May, 2013 after all preliminary requirements of the City of Norfolk for building in the Ghent Historic District had been met: