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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

148-5014 Richlands Historic District

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

VLR Listing Date 12/06/2006

NRHP Listing Date 05/02/2007

NPS property number 07000394

The Richlands Historic District contains the residential and commercial buildings associated with this period of the town’s development, including Late Victorian, Craftsman, Gothic Revival, Colonial Revival, and Commercial styles. One of the earliest and architecturally impressive buildings is the Georgian Revival Clinch Valley Coal and Iron Company Office Building. This, and other high-style commercial buildings in the town, reflected the urban background of the developers, and their expectations for the town’s success. However, many residential buildings were reflective of the more modest styles of the late 19th and early 20th century, illustrating the economic dichotomy that existed in the town. Richlands grew steadily until the mid-1940s, and began its economic decline slowly, though this was hastened by a decline in mining activity in the 1980s.


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

Updated April 4, 2018