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VLR Listing Date 12/02/1969
NRHP Listing Date 02/16/1970
NHL Listing Date 12/03/1997
NPS property number 70000883; 90002098
The Monument Avenue Historic District is a 14-block section of Monument Avenue and West Franklin Street. Proposed in 1887 to provide an appropriate setting for a major monument to Robert E. Lee, Monument Avenue was also intended to encourage residential development west of the city. The street is lined with stylish mansions, townhouses, churches, and apartment buildings, most of which were built between the turn of the century and circa 1930. Although executed in a rich mix of architectural styles, the district is characterized by the use of similar building materials, cornice and rooflines, setback and orientation. From 1904 until 1929, the development of the area as a residential neighborhood was matched by the raising of a series of monumental public sculptures commemorating Confederate leaders. One of America’s most splendid turn-of-the-century residential boulevards, Monument Avenue illustrates the best of Beaux Arts planning ideals and those of the City Beautiful movement. Its architects include John Russell Pope, William Lawrence Bottomley, W. Duncan Lee, and Noland and Baskervill.
The 1989 Monument Avenue Historic District Amendment included boundary adjustments which added rowhouses along West Grace Street and Park Avenue that represent the smaller and less architecturally distinguished homes of Richmond’s majority middle-class residents of the same period. All three streets provide a well preserved collection of early-twentieth-century residential and ecclesiastical architecture within a planned urban landscape that is unsurpassed in Virginia for its quality of design.
[VLR Listed 12/12/1989; NRHP Listed 1/17/1991]
In 1997, the Monument Avenue Historic District was designated as a National Historic Landmark for its significance in the areas of architecture, community planning and commemoration.
[NHL Listed 12/3/1997]
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated February 19, 2019