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118-0155 The Aviary

The Aviary
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VLR Listing Date 04/15/1980

NRHP Listing Date 07/30/1980

NPS property number 80004309

An adaptation of the Queen Anne style, this pagoda-like building is the state’s earliest known municipal aviary and is an example of the civic amenities resulting from turn-of-the-century private philanthropy. Designed by Frye and Chesterman of Lynchburg and opened in Miller Park in 1902, the aviary was the gift of Randolph Guggenheimer, a Lynchburg native who became a New York businessman. The aviary is also an expression of the nationwide enthusiasm for zoological parks and gardens in metropolitan areas that prevailed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here originally were housed cages containing monkeys, alligators, cockatoos, doves, parrots, and canaries. The interior was remodeled in 1931 when it was converted to a library. Since 1975 it has been leased by the city to the Lynchburg Council of Garden Clubs for a garden center.


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

Updated April 4, 2018