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123-0025 Centre Hill Historic District

Centre Hill Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/15/1985

NRHP Listing Date 06/13/1986

NRHP Reference Number 86001277

In one of Petersburg’s four original wards, the Centre Hill Historic District is an architecturally distinctive enclave of residential buildings surrounded on all sides by commercial, industrial, and municipal development. The district takes its name from the 1823 mansion of Robert Bolling, a noted Petersburg landmark. Centre Hill‘s grounds were sold by Charles Hall Davis in 1910 to the Centre Hill Development Corporation. The setting of the stately Bolling residence was thus radically changed. Between 1914 and 1923, the estate’s front lawn was transformed into a tightly-knit residential development, called Centre Hill Court, a visually lively collection of primarily bungalow-style houses. The houses contrast architecturally with the great Federal mansion and reflect the early-20th-century interest in creating small planned neighborhoods. The district also includes a collection of earlier dwellings east of Centre Hill Court.

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

Updated: June 29, 2021