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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

128-0049 Southwest Historic District

Southwest Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 04/16/1985

NRHP Listing Date 06/19/1985

NPS property number 85001349

One of the state’s largest and most intact early 20th-century urban residential neighborhoods, Roanoke’s Southwest Historic District is characterized by blocks of freestanding Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, bungalow, and American Foursquare dwellings. Developed primarily between the years 1882 and 1930, a period of tremendous growth and prosperity in the city, the area is Roanoke’s most architecturally cohesive residential neighborhood, yet one with much diversity. The district has three distinct sections: Old Southwest, Mountain View, and Hurt Park. Together they grew in response to the tremendous demand for housing during Roanoke’s formative years. The development addressed the needs of both workmen and community leaders, including officials of the Norfolk and Western railroad. The excellent preservation of the architectural fabric has kept the area popular and has spurred much recent rehabilitation. Of the district’s nearly 1700 buildings, only ninety are incompatible modern structures.


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

Updated August 27, 2018