Downtown Danville Historic District

VLR Listing Date


NRHP Listing Date


NRHP Reference Number

93000830; AD93000830

The twenty-five-acre Downtown Danville Historic District encompasses the core of southern Virginia’s leading tobacco and textile manufacturing city. The district has been the commercial and administrative heart of Danville from the 1790s to the present. Spread through the area are retail establishments, banks, hotels, theaters, lodges, and several tobacco factories built from the 1870s through the 1920s. The city’s prosperity and the importance of the activities these buildings housed are reflected in the architectural sophistication and often monumental scale of this urban fabric. The high-rise Masonic Building and the Hotel Danville, both dating from the 1920s, still dominate the skyline. At least ten buildings, the Municipal Building and U. S. Post Office among them, were designed by local architect J. Bryant Heard. Despite gaps, the wide range of styles in the Downtown Danville Historic District lends much visual variety to the streetscapes.

Additional documentation approved by the NPS in 2019 amended the contributing status of the old Register and Bee/Dan Theatre Building in the Downtown Danville Historic District.
[NRHP Approved: 9/10/2019]

Last Updated: June 3, 2024

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

For additional information Read

Nomination Form

2019 NRHP Nomination Update


Schoolfield Historic District

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Doctors Building

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Civil War-Era National Cemeteries (MPD)

(MPD) Multiple Property Document