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154-0010 South Franklin Street Historic District

South Franklin Street Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 01/10/1991

NPS property number 90002007

South Franklin Street was platted in the 1790s, and was gradually built up over the next century. Today the historic section preserves a predictable mix of residential types with two individually significant dwellings. The mid-19th-century Miller house, a frame I-house fronted by square columns, was the home of Charles Edie Miller, cousin of the noted folk artist, Lewis Miller, who visited here and drew many scenes of life in the town and surrounding area. Unique is the dwelling known as The Huts, designed in 1919 by Mrs. William A. Rice who had lived in Rhodesia with her husband, a tobacco executive. Upon settling in Christiansburg, Mrs. Rice determined to build a house reminiscent of the native round huts she had known in Africa. The Huts is apparently the only Virginia house whose design is unquestionably inspired by African precedent.


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

Updated April 4, 2018