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.
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.
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NHL: National Historic Landmark
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