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127-5897 Battery Court Historic District

Battery Court Historic District
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 09/30/2001

NRHP Listing Date 10/09/2003

NRHP Reference Number 02000594

The Battery Court Historic District exhibits the growing sophistication of Richmond’s developers in an intact neighborhood whose significance spans from 1909-1949. As the most recent (1909) of the Richmond Northside’s streetcar subdivisions, this development benefited from its owners’ experience in 1890s ventures like Brookland Park and Chestnut Hill. The proximity of nearby Ginter Park’s more spacious layout and the influence of the City Beautiful movement prompted Battery Court’s owners to set aside a swath of green as a public amenity. Battery Court crosses the historic district from northwest to southeast and is the neighborhood’s defining feature. Streets deform with the change in topography as they meet Battery Court. Both lots and houses take on the more generous proportions of Ginter Park at the north end of the historic district. Highland Park Realty Corporation lured tradesmen and white-collar families to new, speculatively built houses in this picturesque neighborhood with the promise of new schools and public transportation into the city.

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

Updated: May 19, 2021