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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

127-0201 Ginter Park Historic District

Ginter Park Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/17/1986

NRHP Listing Date 09/22/1986

NPS property number 86002688

Ginter Park, one of Richmond’s first streetcar suburbs, was conceived by tobacco magnate Maj. Lewis Ginter. In the 1890s Ginter turned his attention of community planning, recognizing the need for new neighborhoods accessible to the city center by electric streetcar. Incorporating some twenty-one blocks, Ginter’s grid-plan development offered large grassy yards and tree-lined streets, a fresh-air contrast to the sooty, densely packed downtown. Ginter Park was incorporated in 1912 and annexed to the city in 1914. To provide a focal point, Ginter donated land for a new campus for Union Theological Seminary. By the 1930s, most lots had been filled with a variety of free-standing dwellings, the very picture of the American suburban ideal. Though Chamberlayne Avenue, the principal thoroughfare, has suffered loss of its former character, many other streets, particularly Seminary Avenue and Brook Road, retain a wholesome ambience.


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

Updated April 4, 2018