Oregon Hill Historic District

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On a promontory above the James, the Oregon Hill Historic District encompasses an intact working-class Richmond neighborhood begun in the mid-19th century. Between 1850 and 1860, local industries and population grew until Richmond was the second largest city in the South and preeminent in industrial production. In the aftermath of the war, it was the Oregon Hill workers who gave their skills to resuscitate the devastated city and restore its industries. A tight-knit community, Oregon Hill was bound together by the common desire of its residents for a better life achieved through the work of their own hands. In the 1860s and ’70s, the expanding need for laborers in riverside industries intensified development here. Still a cohesive neighborhood, the Oregon Hill Historic District is characterized by unified streetscapes of mostly simple Italianate rowhouses but including both antebellum and later dwellings. Several houses are protected by preservation easements.

Last Updated: February 22, 2024

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

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