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104-0133 Rugby Road-University Corner Historic District

Rugby Road-University Corner Historic District
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2022

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/15/1983

NRHP Listing Date 02/16/1984

NRHP Reference Number 84003523

Covering some twenty blocks north of the University of Virginia grounds in the city of Charlottesville, the tightly developed Rugby Road-University Corner Historic District neighborhood contains academic, commercial, and residential buildings associated with the university during the period before World War II. Most date to the boom years between 1890 and 1930 when the student population quadrupled. Noteworthy university structures are Madison Hall, Carr’s Hill (the university president’s house), Fayerweather Gymnasium, and Bayly Museum, all in various classical idioms. Clustered along leafy streets is a variety of residential buildings, including some twenty-three fraternity houses and various apartment houses, many of which also emulate the university’s classical tradition. Among the more architecturally distinguished fraternity houses in the Rugby Road-University Corner Historic District is the grouping on Rugby Road, known as the Quadrangle, as well as a range of columned structures along Madison Lane. The era also produced the colorful strip of commercial buildings along University Avenue, known as “the Corner.”

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: April 25, 2022