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108-0180 Holbrook-Ross Street Historic District

Holbrook-Ross Street Historic District
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NPS property number 97001404

Holbrook-Ross Street Historic District is significant for its evolution into a distinctive African American neighborhood in the late 19th- and early 20th centuries. Architecturally, the 116 buildings, in the 200-400 block of Holbrook and Ross streets and Maury, John, Doe, and Gay cross streets, feature a full range of styles found at the turn-of-the century through the 1930s. The Holbrook-Ross community had its beginnings in the post-Civil War period. By the 1880s, a community began to take shape around the Danville Industrial School. Along with a high concentration of teachers in the area, African American doctors, dentists, lawyers, and postal clerks populated the area. Holbrook became “the street” for African Americans by the late 19th-century. In addition to Queen Anne-style houses and bungalows, the educational, religious, and commercial buildings complete the Holbrook-Ross urban viewscape. The Holbrook-Ross area is an important part of Danville’s historic fabric.


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

Updated April 4, 2018