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104-0239 Preston Court Apartments

Preston Court Apartments
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/05/2007

NRHP Listing Date 10/29/2007

NPS property number 07001134

The Classical Revival-style Preston Court Apartments are located in Charlottesville’s Rugby Road- University Corner neighborhood. The circa-1928 building is a well-preserved example of the Garden-style apartments that became popular in the U.S. during the first three decades of the 20th century through designs that emphasized upscale, healthy living accommodations in urban environments. Typical of the Garden-style design, Preston Court offered comfortable living quarters featuring numerous windows, individual entry-ways, landscaped settings, and other elements that evoked single-family dwellings. While students generally leased basement apartments, doctors, lawyers, architects, businessmen, university professors and other professionals occupied the upper floors. Preston Court was part of a nationwide trend of apartment construction that responded to the growing demand for housing in populous areas during the flush 1920s.


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

Updated November 28, 2018