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127-0174-0393 Lee Medical Building

Lee Medical Building
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VLR Listing Date 12/14/2017

NRHP Listing Date 04/17/2018

NPS property number SG100002356

The Lee Medical Building, which faces the Robert E. Lee Monument on Richmond’s celebrated Monument Avenue, is the most prominent design of prolific local architect W. Harrison Pringle and the best-known project of local builder and developer Franklin A. Trice. Lee Medical Building was completed in 1952 after a sustained battle between the building’s owner and developer who fought for its construction and neighboring homeowners who bitterly contested its development. The six-story Colonial Revival building was speculatively developed with the hope of providing offices, laboratories, and outpatient medical facilities for doctors and dentists in the well-established Monument Avenue residential neighborhood. An understated earlier example of the same building type in Richmond is the 1920s Medical Arts Building at N. 2nd and Franklin streets in downtown Richmond. What distinguishes the Lee Medical Building is its commanding orientation toward the Lee monument and multiple design elements that complement the Lee circle and Monument Avenue.


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

Updated September 18, 2018