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118-0211 Lower Basin Historic District

Lower Basin Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

See link(s) below to view additional documentation.

VLR Listing Date 10/14/1986

NRHP Listing Date 04/24/1987

NPS property number 87000601; 02000620

A once colorful area spread along Lynchburg’s James River waterfront, the Lower Basin defined the city’s historic wholesale and industrial center. Beginning as Lynch’s Ferry in the 1750s and emerging as an important canal and railroad transportation center a century later, Lynchburg maintained its role as a leading manufacturing and marketing center well into the 20th century. The Lower Basin area takes its name from an expanded portion of the James River and Kanawha Canal which linked the city to eastern markets. Canal traffic and the arrival of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad in 1849 resulted in increased commercial activity in the Lower Basin. It was during the early 20th century that most of the commercial warehouses, factories, and jobbing houses were built. The district’s multi-story, utilitarian brick structures present a display of historic commercial architecture.

In 2001, the district boundary was increased to add a late-19th-century warehouse and a 1930s grocery store to the district.
[VLR Listed: 6/13/2001; NRHP Listed: 6/6/2002]

An amendment to the original district nomination was accepted in 2008 that updated the inventory of of the property on Ninth Street.
[VLR Accepted: 4/30/2008; NRHP Accepted: 6/4/2008]

2001 Boundary Increase Nomination

2008 Nomination Amendment


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

Updated December 20, 2018