City Point was one America’s first communities. It’s now part of Hopewell, Virginia, a working class industrial river town with a skyline of smokestacks. Never a big town, City Point boomed with activity for a brief moment when Ulysses S. Grant turned it into a Union shipping port during the Siege of Petersburg.
Later, during World War I, Du Pont operated a large guncotton factory nearby in the planned city of Hopewell. Du Pont soon moved its management into the established neighborhood of City Point. Early Hopewell resembled a lawless Wild West boom town, with wood saloons and hotels lining Railroad Avenue. It wasn’t exactly the best place to raise a child.
The fake ad above is modeled after an actual row house in City Point constructed in 1917, a year before Du Pont closed shop in Hopewell and the boom busted. At the time, the demand for housing was so great that Du Pont was slapping up tar paper houses, hence the reference. Already, many Americans had tired of the big city, and owning a house with a yard meant you’d made it in life.
Of course, it’s obvious that Bank Street Properties was for the man on the budget. That’s not much of a yard!
Note that the ad isn’t necessarily 100% historically accurate. I tried to stay faithful to the property and time period, but I had to make a few educated guesses. Series inquiries only in the comments section, please!