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118-5318 Fifth Street Historic District

Fifth Street Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/15/2011

NRHP Listing Date 02/08/2012

NRHP Reference Number 12000019

Lynchburg’s Fifth Street Historic District, located southwest of the city’s central business area, arose as a significant African American commercial area during the latter 19th and early 20th centuries. In the early 19th century the area developed as a gateway to the west with several taverns and commercial establishments located there. During the late 19th century, the Fifth Street corridor hosted high-end residential neighborhoods for Lynchburg‘s white population while at the same time it was the primary scene of commerce for the area‘s African American community. The corridor also developed as a major automobile sales and service district of gas stations and service garages, tire and auto parts stores, and automobile showrooms. The Fifth Street Historic District has a period of significance ranging from 1800 to 1964, beginning with the date of construction for the oldest standing resource in the district and concluding with the end of significant commercial expansion.

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

Updated March 22, 2019